THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD (1934)
The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings, the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon; but it's not always easy, especially because of the predjudices against the family. Parts of the movie were used by the Nazis in their film, Der Ewige Jude, and it's easy to see why: while "acceptable" by 1930s standards, some of the depictions of the Jews in the film would not exactly be considered philosemitic today. This rare print suffers from VHS quality with softness, but is quite watchable.
(87 mins. VHS quality with softness,but watchable. In English).
Mayerling is a 1936 French historical film drama, directed by Anatole Litvak and produced by Seymour Nebenzal from a screenplay by Marcel Achard, Joseph Kessel and Irma von Cube, based on the novel Idol's End by Claude Anet. The film stars Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux with Jean-Louis Barrault, René Bergeron, Jean Davy, Jean Dax, Jean Debucourt and Gabrielle Dorziat. It is based on the real life story of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, his affair with the 17-year old Baroness Maria Vetsera and their tragic end at Mayerling. Unfortunately, the 1936 film is in dire need of restoration. The video quality is passable, but in 1997, the film was issued on VHS with the soundtrack in appallingly bad condition, rendering the sound close to unlistenable, although it was later shown this way on Turner Classic Movies. Whether or not it is possible to repair this is still unknown. The sound quality on this recording is not that tragic, but the film suffers from VHS quality with softness (95 mins. VHS quality with softness, but watchable. In French with hard-econded English subtitles).
DVD-R IS APPROX. 182 MINS. TOTAL. VHS QUALITY with softness; some sound problems.