Monte Cristo (1929 film)
|Directed by||Henri Fescourt|
|Produced by||Louis Nalpas|
Alexandre Dumas, père (novel)|
Henri Fescourt (screenplay)
|Starring||Jean Angelo, Lil Dagover, Gaston Modot, Jean Toulout, Henri Debain, Pierre Batcheff, Robert Mérin, Bernhard Goetzke|
(2006 Arte TV restoration)
Films Louis Nalpas
|Distributed by||Terra - United Artists|
25 October 1929 (Part 1)|
1 November 1929 (Part 2)
Long forgotten, the film underwent a restoration effort from 1999 to 2006 under the direction of Lenny Borger, with funding by the Arte channel. A nearly complete reconstruction was assembled from four prints in Eastern European archives. The restored film received its North American premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 3, 2015.
Fescourt used four cameramen to best capture movement, and often filmed in real locations mentioned in the novel, including the prison of Chateau d'If. The film has been critically praised as "an epic triumph of the silent cinema at its height," distinguished by its combination of commercial cinema dramatics and techniques used by French impressionist filmmakers (including micro-flashbacks, extreme close-ups, zip-pans, energetic moving camera, and extreme shifts in focus). The BFI's Silent Film Guide writes that "the elegance and orchestration of the film-making is extraordinary" and praises the lavish scenes at the Paris Opera and Monte Cristo's mansion as "staggeringly opulent."
- SilentEra entry
- Grady, Pam. "Lenny Borger, savior of the silent 'Monte-Cristo'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
- McNary, Dave. "San Francisco Film Festival to Host 12 Premieres". Variety. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
- "Mel Novikoff Award: Lenny Borger: Monte-Cristo". San Francisco Film Society. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
- Dixon, Bryony (2011). 100 Silent Films (BFI Screen Guides). London: British Film Institute. p. 141. ISBN 1844573087.
- Cairns, David. "The Forgotten: "Monte Cristo" (1929)". Mubi Notebook. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- Monte Cristo at the Internet Movie Database
- Monte Cristo (1929) at SilentEra
- The Forgotten: "Monte Cristo" (1929) at Mubi: Notebook