| The Norma Talmadge Collection |
Retail $29.95, Our: $23.99
Kiki (1926), Within the Law (1923)
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| The Constance Talmadge Collection |
Retail $29.95, Our: $23.99
Her Night of Romance (1924), Her Sister from Paris (1925)
Kino has announced two double feature collections for release on March 16th.The first is The Norma Talmadge Collection featuring Kiki (1926) and Within the Law (1923). The second is The Constance Talmadge Collection featuring Her Night of Romance (1924) and Her Sister from Paris (1925).
Three of the four also star Ronald Colman. Each collection is on a single disc and no bonus features are expected. Details below.
They will retail for $29.95, but are available at ClassicFlix.com for only $23.99 each.
The Norma Talmadge Collection
From World War I until the Great Depression, the most famous sisters in the entertainment world were the Brooklyn-raised Talmadges: Norma, Natalie and Constance. Norma, the eldest, was a dramatic actress of great talent and restraint, and revered by a public that could identify with the brave, tragic heroine through a myriad of melodramas and tragedies. Appearing in vehicles with exceedingly high production values and helmed by some of Hollywood’s finest directors, Norma developed into one of the screen’s greatest actresses, and by 1920 had eclipsed Mary Pickford as the top worldwide female box-office attraction.
Kiki (1926, 96 min.)
Kiki showcases Norma in a rare comedic performance. A high-spirited Parisian gamine is determined to become a chorus girl and win the heart of the Follies manager (Ronald Colman) — even if it means performing some rather unladylike stunts.
Within the Law (1923, 105 min.)
Set and photographed in New York City, Within the Law follows a shopgirl who is unjustly accused of stealing, and then sent to jail. She plots revenge against her former employer, using “Rich Men’s” legal tricks, yet staying “within the law.” — Joseph Yranski, Film Historian
While elder sister Norma devoted herself to tear-stained romance and tragedy, Constance Talmadge carved out her own reputation in a series of bubbly, Lubitsch-flavored comedies. Often appearing as the “virtuous vamp,” (a mesmerizing beauty who could be naughty yet nice), Constance had looks and comic timing that are as modern today as they were eighty years ago.
Her Night of Romance (1924, 85 min.)
An heiress traveling in England disguises herself to discourage fortune-hunters. She falls in love with a handsome nobleman (Ronald Colman) who is secretly impoverished. When they spend a night alone at his former estate, they are forced to pretend that they are married, a situation that threatens to unravel their storybook romance just as it is getting started.
Her Sister from Paris (1925, 74 min.)
Her Sister from Paris allowed Talmadge to demonstrate her comic range in dual roles: a frumpy-but-faithful housewife and her sophisticated twin sister. When a hausfrau’s husband (Colman) begins to lose interest in his wife, the arrival of her twin, a dancer and “woman of the world,” provides just the right impetus to reinvigorate their relationship. Talmadge was truly an icon of the silent screen. At the end of the era, she chose (without regret) to retire from motion pictures and enjoy her personal life, without ever having made a “talkie.” — Joseph Yranski, Film Historian