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Mater dolorosa
[The Torture of Silence]
(1917)

 

Abel Gance’s early feature film stars Emmy Lynn as the sorrowful mother, with support from Firmin-Gémier, Armand Tallier, Anthony Gildès, Paul Vermoyal, Gaston Modot, Antonin Carène and Antonin Artaud.

Grapevine Video
2011 DVD edition

Mater dolorosa [The Torture of Silence] (1917), black & white, 54 minutes, not rated.

Grapevine Video, no catalog number, UPC 8-42614-10447-3.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 10 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $16.95.
Release date: 2011.
Country of origin: USA

This DVD-R edition has been mastered from a 16mm reduction print of the American release version of the film. The video transfer can be quite dark at times, with dense, plugged-up shadows which can make the action hard to follow.

The film is accompanied by music score compiled from preexisting recordings.

To our knowledge, this is the only home video edition of the film that remains in-print.

 
This Region 0 NTSC DVD-R edition is available directly from . . .
Retro Flix
20?? DVD edition

Mater dolorosa [The Torture of Silence] (1917), black & white, 55 minutes, not rated.

Retro Flix, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
One single-sided, single-layered, Region 0 NTSC DVD-R disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono? sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $19.95.
Release date: 20??.
Country of origin: USA
This obscure DVD-R edition has likely been mastered from a 16mm reduction print of the American release version of the film.

If accompanied by music at all, the film is likely to be accompanied by a music score compiled from preexisting recordings.

 
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Other silent era ABEL GANCE films available on home video.

Other FRENCH FILMS of the silent era available on home video.

 
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