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directed by George Schnéevoigt
Norway 19
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Laila, 1929's epically scaled Norwegian feature comes from Danish-German director and noted cinematographer George Schneevoigt, who brings every exotic corner of on-location Scandinavia to the forefront in a decades-spanning romantic adventure. Mona Mårtenson is Laila, a young girl separated from her parents as a baby and raised by a wealthy reindeer owner Aslag (Peter Malberg) in the frozen tundra. Though she is returned a year later, Laila grows into a young woman of two worlds, at home with both her settled and nomadic upbringings. Laila soon finds herself in a love triangle with her foster brother Mellet (Henry Gleditsch) and her cousin Anders (Harald Schwenzen), played out against the backdrop of an encroaching plague. Expertly photographed with a shockingly modern cinematic flair, Laila goes from snowy mountain-tops to lush green valleys, featuring treacherous waterfalls, packs of rampaging wolves and reindeer-pulled sled chases. Recently resurrected by and proudly presented in conjunction with the Norwegian Film Institute, Laila boasts a restored transfer and all-new subtitles as well as a brand new piano score by renowned composer Robert Israel. LAILA has been mastered in this new digital edition in partnership with the National Library of Norway. Included in this publication is a brand new illustrated essay by film historian and University of Copenhagen professor, Casper Tybjerg; an original diary manuscript of actor Tryggve Larssen (Jåmpa in the film) made during the production; the complete digital reproduction of a rare photo album from a private collection covering the production of the film; and biographical information of the principal actors and technicians.

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Release Date - October 14th, 1929

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DVD Review: Flicker Alley - Region 0 - NTSC

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Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 2:26:30
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.79 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Silent (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Flicker Alley

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Laila Production Photo Album
• Actor and Technical Biographies
• Publicity Materials

• 20-page liner notes booklet

DVD Release Date:
May 16th, 2011
Transparent Keep Case

Chapters 18

 

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The Norwegian masterpiece Laila by director George Schneevoigt is reminiscent of Robert Flahrety's "Nanook of the North". It is an incredibly impressive film - a fascinating story of a young Norwegian girl who is rescued from the elements and brought-up by Laplanders. She is betrothed to marry her foster brother which evolves interesting social issues.

Laila has had a restoration - the image quality is exceptionally strong considering the film's age. Due to the frame-rate conversion the transfer is interlaced but contrast is very impressive for the SD format. This is an Norwegian inter-titled edition with optional subtitles. Technically this is a dual-layered DVD discs and the film is framed allowing us to see the rounded corners of the edges. It gave me a wonderful presentation - with Kudos to the cinematography.

 

The audio, is a score by Robert Israel, adapted from the immortal music of Edvard Grieg. It suits the content well and proves to be an ideal accompaniment to the image. There are some static digital supplements (Laila Production Photo Album, Actor and Technical Biographies and Publicity Materials) plus a 20-page liner notes booklet.

Overall, this is an outstanding film that silent cinema aficionados will undoubtedly desire for their digital libraries. Brilliant! Absolutely recommended!

 - Gary Tooze


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