Flicker Alley to release rare French serial ‘The House of Mystery’ (La Maison du mystère) in a 3-disc DVD premiere on 31 March, 2015



Flicker Alley, in association with the Blackhawk Films® Collection, releases the newly restored French serial The House of Mystery (La Maison du mystère) in a 3-disc DVD premiere.  

 Release Date: March 31, 2015

Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films® Collection are proud to present for the first time on DVD this six-and-a-half-hour epic of stylish elegance and narrative imagination: The House of Mystery (La Maison du mystère). Serial films, or ciné romans were well-established in France before World War I, where they are most closely identified with writer-director Louis Feuillade.

At Albatros, Russian émigré producer Joseph Ermolieff produced three serials in 1921, all adapted from roman-feuilletons by the phenomenally successful Jules Mary.

The first two serials have not left a trace in the annals of film archives. However, The House of Mystery (La Maison du mystère), Ermolieff’s third serial, (begun in the summer of 1921 and not completed until 1923) by Alexandre Volkoff (with fellow studio director Viatcheslav Tourjansky providing some important and uncredited second-unit work), is a triumph of the genre and a complete delight that not only survived, but also was restored in its original ten-episode format by the Cinematheque Francaise. Flicker Alley and the Blackhawk Films® Collection are proud to present the DVD premiere of this grand, cinematic masterwork, with optional English subtitles by film historian Lenny Borger and a brand-new score by composer Neil Brand.

The involved plot of La Maison du mystère centers around Julien Villandrit (Ivan Mosjoukine) and his star-crossed courtship to Régine de Bettigny (Hélène Darly), that inspires bitterness and jealousy in Henri Corradin (Charles Vanel), Julien’s long-time associate and secret rival in love. For Mosjoukine, who contracted typhoid fever during the course of production, it remains one of the ultimate consecrations to his multifarious talents.

Included in this edition are a bonus slideshow featuring rare production stills and behind-the-scenes photos, as well as an essay and biographical material on some of the actors and artists by film historian Lenny Borger.

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