These “Oliver-Film” production stills recently came to light in a European collection of film ephemera. I’m trying to connect the dots and establish which films they may have come from. Who out there can identify these mysterious actors I wonder? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Are modern audiences ready for Genuine?
Watch the new trailer for the Oliver-Film Ensemble’s upcoming live performance of this forgotten jewel of German expressionism! Stay tuned for more details…
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski and Fern Andra
Film poster for the Marmorhaus, one of David Oliver’s many Berlin cinemas.
Genuine is a 1920 silent film directed by Robert Wiene. The unsuccessful follow-up to Wiene’s groundbreaking The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the film stars the mysterious American actress Fern Andra in the title role as the love slave of a depraved aristocrat. With its weird sets and bizarre costumes, Genuine is a remarkable document from a lost era in film making. Produced by Erik Pommer, Rudolf Meinert, David Oliver for Decla 1920. Music by Mark Oliver. Musicians: Kozue Matsumoto: koto, Vi-An Diep: zheng, Mark Oliver: percussion, bass, electronic strings. Produced by Paul Ruskay at Studio X-Labs, Vancouver
Here is a clip from our recent “live screening” event at the Fox Cabaret. Many thanks to all the talented people who made such a great contribution: Marc Wild, Erin Denhartigh, Ethan Belcourt-Lowe, Matt O’Donnell, Daniel Ruiz, Paul Ruskay, Tetiana Zairuba, Beverly Dobrinsky, Justin Patterson and the lovely Athena Theny!!
After the passage of a century, two long-forgotten silent films return to the city of their birth…Here is a short clip from the June 25th screening of Oliver-Film’s “Im Reich Der Zwerge” and “Guido der Erste” which was held at the magnificent Ballhaus Berlin.
Music by Romain Azzaro (aka Rouge Mécanique) and Aurélien Rivière (aka DoubtingThomas)
Cinematography: Derek Howard
With grateful thanks to The Eye Film Institute, Netherlands and the National Library of Norway
Mark sends a video post card from 3,900 m above sea level, in front of Piz Palü mountain. The cast and crew of “The White Hell of Piz Palü” really braved the elements during its making. This was the first movie to screen at David Oliver’s UFA Palast in 1928, Hamburg’s largest cinema palace of its time.
Many thanks to the Vancouver International Film Festival for hosting the June 5th screening and performance of Oliver-Film’s “Im Reich der Zwerge and “Guido the First”! Bravo to the multi-talented musicians who brought these extraordinary films to life after their sleep of 100 years:
Erin Denhartigh: harp, Matt O’Donnell: sitar, Daniel Ruiz: percussion, and
Marc Wild : acoustic and electric guitar
Marc Wild-electric guitar
Editing-Werner Dieter Thomas
With grateful acknowledgement to The Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam
AFTER 99 YEARS, THE LOST “OLIVER FILM” PRODUCTION “IM REICH DER ZWERGE WILL RETURN TO THE SCREEN!