The Informer 1929This rare silent adaptation of Liam O’Flaherty’s famous novel is set among Dublin revolutionaries in the early days of the newly independent Irish Free State, formed in 1922.
It is a tale of revolution and betrayal, with an underground cell of activists torn apart when one of their member accidentally kills a police officer.

The dense narrative develops in a short time heightening the intensity of emotional effect. Our sympathies are challenged to deal with the complexity of personal versus political loyalties, where no-one is entirely innocent and the implications of seemingly minor or impulsive decisions create inescapable moral dilemmas for all the protagonists.

The story of “The Informer” has been made into feature films a few times over the years. The 1929 film was the first.

This Dual Format Edition includes the silent version alongside the rare sound version which was produced at the same time. The sound version of the film was restored in 2005 from the picture camera negative while the silent version was restored in 2014. The sound version has a good but lesser restoration while the silent version is simply amazing.

Director: Arthur Robison
Cast: Lya De Putti, Lars Hanson, Warwick Ward, Carl Harbord
Genre: Drama

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, PAL | 01:39:42 | 43.5 Gb + 7.93 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English Intertitles
Subtitles: none

• The sound version of The Informer (1929, 01:24:08)
• Restoration Demonstration (2016, 4:52)
• Shaping the Silence (2017, 9:41)
A selection of Topical Budget films from newly independent Ireland:
• I Want Peace (1921 - 0:43)
• Is It The Dawn? (1921 - 0:53)
• Historic Unionist Conference At Liverpool (1921 - 0:31)
• Irish Peace Imperilled By Extremists (1921 - 1:26)
• Further Pictures Of The Irish Peace (1921 - 1:00)
• Surrender of Dublin Castle (1922 - 1:22)
• British Evacuate Ireland after Hundreds of Years of Occupation (1922 - 1:12)
• Dublin's Civil War (1922 - 0:58)

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