Lonesome (1928), The Last Performance (1929), Broadway (1929) 2 x DVD9 Criterion Collection
New York is a tough place to live, and that's no different today than it was a hundred years ago. Jim (Glen Tryon, Skinner Steps Out) and Mary (Barbara Kent, Flesh and the Devil) feel this every day as they wake up, go to their jobs, and go home all alone. One day, though, after the factory they both work for calls a holiday, things change. As everyone pairs off and heads to Coney Island, Jim heads out there by himself, where he happens to see Mary sitting on the beach all alone. They talk, and instantly fall in love, but circumstances force them apart and they must search frantically through the masses, each looking for the one person who can end their solitude.

2 x DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:10:03 | 5.72 Gb + 7.65 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 1 ch)
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Director: Pal Fejos
Cast: Barbara Kent, Glenn Tryon, Fay Holderness, Gusztav Partos, Andy Devine
Country: USA

Audio commentary featuring film historian Richard Koszarski: Koszarski, who teaches English and film studies at Rutgers University, delivers a superb track, covering the history, technical details and more of Lonesome. Although very academic in approach, the commentary hosts a the wealth of information that makes it worthwhile.

Fejos Memorial (19:35): This video essay, produced with the help of Paul Fejos’ widow, Lita Binns Fejos, features excerpts from Fejos’ 1963 audio autobiography to offer a glimpse into the life and career of the director.

The Last Performance (59:28): Fejos’ 1929 feature stars Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) tells of "a vengeful magician smitten with his stage assistant". This Danish version features a new score by composer Donald Sosin.

Broadway (1:44:25): Also from 1929, Broadway was initially released in both silent and sound versions. According to Criterion’s notes: "Although the last reel of the sound film has been lost, we have reconstructed that version by incorporating the final reel of the silent version with a soundtrack element discovered in a private collection".

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