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The Devil's Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption DVD
The Devil's Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption

The Devil's Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption

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In its continuing effort to showcase the great works of early cinema, Kino Classics launches a new series of Blu-ray and DVD releases dedicated to archival rarities -- influential classics that have gone virtually unseen for decades. Presented in association with the Library of Congress, the films have been mastered in HD from the original film elements and are backed with newly commissioned musical scores. In some cases the films survive in less-than-perfect condition. But it is the mission of this series to preserve and promote these films in spite of their flaws, rather than allow them to disappear entirely from the culturalradar.The Devil's Needle And Other Tales Of Vice And Redemption is comprised of threefeature films that dared to address incendiary subject matter: drug abuse, prostitution, and the exploitation of labor. By folding these explosive issues within layers of melodramatic storytelling, the filmmakers were able to dodge public criticism while making their political views even morecompelling. These films were among the first to demonstrate the cinema's potential as a persuasive cultural force.The Devil's Needle (1916, dir: Chester Withey) stars silent superstar Norma Talmadge as Rene, a French artist's model who uses morphine as an escape from the dull reality of her life. She recommends it to a neurotic artist played by Tully Marshall (Queen Kelly), because "it kindles the fires of genius." The artist quickly becomes addicted to the drug and the quality of his work begins to disintegrate. He takes on a new model, marries her, and starts her on the same path of moral degradation, until a guilt-ridden Rene decides to intervene in order to save them both. According to silent film historian Kevin Brownlow, The Devil's Needl
Title: The Devil's Needle and Other Tales of Vice and Redemption
Genre: Drama-Classics, Drama-Classics (Silent Films)
Starring: Tully Marshall, Viola Dana, Robert Conness, Norma Talmadge, Thomas F. Blake, Marguerite Marsh, Nellie Grant, F. A. Turner, Robert Walker, Howard Gaye
Directors: Che, John H. Collins, John Collins, Chester Withey, Frank Beal
Studio: Kino Classics
Attributes: Silent Movie
Release Date: 7/3/2012
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 738329097622
Item #: 275064X

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