posted by jtk at 2:21 PM
Dartmoor? As in Dartmoor Prison in "The Hound of the Baskervilles"?
There are so many great images in this film. It should be much better known than it is. I think it aired one time on the BBC.
One and the same. The cottage is also on Dartmoor, conveniently located near the prison. The first three frame grabs show the recently escaped prisoner running across the countryside making his way to the cottage.
Talk about moving images. I caught it last year when it was shown on BBC4 during a very short season of silent films. It is a remarkably disciplined melodrama; not a superfluous shot. What intrigued me was that it had been conceived as a partial talkie, which makes the movie theater scene such a poignant comment on the demise of the silent arts. I wrote about it here (which I had forgotten until I saw these images)http://broadcastellan.blogspot.com/2006/06/have-script-will-listen-death-across.htmlAs always, thank you for sharing.
Hi Harry,I must have missed that post, I didnt know it was conceived as a partial talkie. I hope the soundtrack turns up someday. Do you happen to know who did the soundtrack on the BBC version, was the print tinted, and will it become available on DVD?
Pooh. I'm having problems posting comments; tried numerous times. Anyways. It was the BFI print (copyright 2006) with a score by Stephen Horne; not tinted, not on DVD. The BBC series also featured this documentary on British silent movies:http://www.bfi.org.uk/booksvideo/video/catalogue/index.php/page/item_view/code/470
Thanks very much for the info and link! Im sure the BFI print was excellent. Hopefully it will eventually be released on DVD.
Hi, Uno Henning was my grandfather. I have put up some pic's of him at photobucket: http://photobucket.com/UnoHenningregards, Malin Ledebur
Hi Malin,Thanks for stopping by. I apologize for not posting comments until now. I will certainly check out the link. A friend of mine is a huge fan of your grandfathers. I think she may have at one time started a fan club, but I could be mistaken. Her name is Gilda and I'm sure she'd love to talk to you. Perhaps you already know her? Anyway, glad to see that A Cottage on Dartmoor has been released on video.jtk
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