Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Rare Brendel film to be seen again after 80+ years!

Without much fanfare it was recently announced through a Classic Images Magazine advert and later announced on their Facebook page, that one of my favorite film festivals, Capitolfest, would be showing the rare 1931 El Brendel feature, "Mr. Lemon of Orange", virtually unseen in over 80 years!!

Word came to me from Ron Hutchinson over at the Vitaphone Project early last year from a couple of reliable sources that Fox had decided to borrow the print which was housed at UCLA to make a copy for their own archive, but was blown away with the news they also made theatrical prints which would be made available to festivals.

I previously wrote about "Mr. Lemon..." HERE and I am excited to see El in this dual role as it is his only known filmed performance where he speaks in anything other than the usual Swedish dialect!

It looks like it's going to be a good year for El in 2013!

 Fifi D'orsay & El Brendel in "Mr. Lemon of Orange"

5 comments:

reprobates said...


Hey There Louis,

I knew you'd be delighted with this news, which will be great until everyone has seen the film.


RICHARD M ROBERTS

Louie said...

When I saw "New Movietone Follies of 1930" El got the biggest laughs out of the whole movie. Not every movie can be a winner, but it will be nice to see this one.

Stacia said...

WOW! I just saw this -- good news! Glad to hear it was in a good quality print.

There is almost no way I'm going to get to Capitolfest, so you'll need to make sure to post all about it.

Louie said...

Will do!

Along These Lines ..... said...

Yeah for the good old days - like it!