- Apr 25, 2002
I recently interviewed historic-film producer David Shepard for a short article about Slapstick Encyclopedia. I asked him what films he's working on for future DVD release. Here is what he said, from tomorrow's edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
David Shepard, producer of the wonderful "Slapstick Encyclopedia" and other historic-film DVDs, said recently that he is working on eventual releases of director Billy Wilder's first feature, 1934's "Mauvaise Graine," and a collection of 12 shorts made by Buster Keaton and Fatty Arbuckle from 1917 to 1920. His other DVD projects include "The Childhood of Maxim Gorky," a 1938 Soviet film; the 1935 version of "Scrooge" with Seymour Hicks; the anthology "Before Hollywood, There Was Fort Lee, New Jersey"; two Lon Chaney double features; a Max Linder anthology; Aleksandr Dovzhenko's 1928 film "Arsenal"; and two religious silents, Ferdinand Zecca's [hand-colored] "Passion Play" (1905) and Sidney Olcott's "From the Manger to the Cross" (1912).
There are two or three other titles that I could not include in the paper due to space constraints. I can post those here once I have access to my work email account. Shepard did not indicate when any of these titles will be available.
I hope this is of interest to early-film fans.