The Vault

is creating an online archive of Rare Silent Films and Exclusives

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Film Pioneer

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Film Pioneers have access to each month's new additions to The Vault, including Retroformat's most recent, exclusive digital scans of carefully selected, rare silent films from the University of Southern California School of Cinema's HMH Foundation Moving Image Archive and other private collections, as well as amazing Library of Congress restorations.  

NEW!  Special for Los Angeles-area subscribers: You are now eligible for significant ticket discounts to our live shows!  

In addition, Film Pioneers receive a subscription to Gems from The Vault, a monthly magazine of rare silent movies, selected from Retroformat's growing online trove of cinema history.  
  • Monthly New Additions
  • Gems from The Vault

Film Pioneer Deluxe

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$20
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Deluxe Film Pioneers have access to each month's new additions to The Vault, the monthly magazine "Gems from The Vault," plus carefully selected Special Content each month, like Q&As and commentaries by Allison Anders, Serge Bromberg, Paul Dooley and other distinguished guests, sharing their passion and expertise about silent films. 

Plus, as our special thanks, your choice of one beautiful, full-sized Lobby Card Reproduction by print artist Janet Klein!  See https://www.retroformat.org/merchandise.html for photos and descriptions of all available cards.  

Of course, all this is in addition to access to our monthly New Additions and your subscription to Gems from The Vault!

NEW! Special for Los Angeles-area subscribers: You are now eligible for significant ticket discounts to our live shows!
  • Exclusive Interviews and Commentaries
  • Your choice of one full-sized Lobby Card Reproduction by print artist Janet Klein
  • Monthly New Additions
  • Gems from The Vault

Silent Movie Producer

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$35
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For Silent Movie Producers, we've unlocked access to every film in The Vault (currently 18 films and growing each month), to watch and enjoy anytime.  

To acknowledge our gratitude, Silent Movie Producers receive acknowledgment on the main page of our website, Retroformat.org;  a commemorative "The Gold Rush" t-shirt, and your choice of five (5) beautiful, full-sized lobby card reproductions by print artist Janet Klein. See https://www.retroformat.org/merchandise.html for photos and descriptions of all available cards.  

All this, plus each month's Exclusive Interviews and Commentaries!

NEW! Special for Los Angeles-area subscribers: You are now eligible for significant ticket discounts to our live shows!
  • Full-Access Pass to All Films in The Vault
  • Acknowledgement on Retroformat.org's main page
  • Your choice of 5 full-sized Lobby Card Reproductions by print artist Janet Klein
  • "The Gold Rush" t-shirt
  • Monthly New Additions
  • Exclusive Interviews and Commentaries

About The Vault

Welcome to The Vault, Retroformat Silent Filmsonline archive of rare silent movies and special features, where silent celluloid collectors share unusual treasures.  Here you will find exclusive scans of prints from the USC School of Cinematic Arts'  HMH Foundation Moving Image Archive and other private film collections, plus restorations by the Library of Congress, all with brilliant, original music by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff RetallickCheck back each month for new additions!

Your support also forwards our mission to educate and create enthusiasm about the art of silent film by making possible (1) Retroformat's free silent movie screenings with live music and discussion for Los Angeles public school students, and (2) our silent movies with live music in Los Angeles area theaters!  For more information aboutRetroformat Silent Films and our activities, visit retroformat.org

The following exclusive, new scans are available now to all our subscribers

  • Legendary Tom Mix in two films from 1915: the one reel short, “An Arizona Wooing” plus an unusually dark Tom Mix feature, “The Man From Texas,” from a beautiful, fully tinted print in the USC HMH Moving Image Archive!
  • “The Masked Stranger,” Episode 2 of “Mystery of the Double Cross” (1917). One of the last serials primarily intended for an adult audience, we know you’ll be hooked by its quirky, tremendously entertaining story! Wealthy playboy Peter Hale (Leon Bary, best remembered as Athos in Douglas Fairbanks’ “The Three Musketeers”), searches for the woman branded on the right arm with the sign of the Double Cross, whom he must marry to inherit his father’s fortune. Is lovely Phillippa Brewster (Mollie King) the Girl of the Double Cross? And who is the Masked Stranger?  Episode 1 is also available now.  Watch for a new episode each month!
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew in “Fox Trot Finesse.” Cousins of the Barrymores, the Drews were the tremendously popular stars of a series of delightful situation comedies for Vitagraph in the 1910s.

New Gems From the Vault, available now for all subscribers to The Vault:

  • Two of Harold Lloyd's finest shorts: "Bumping into Broadway" (1919) and "High and Dizzy" (1920)
  • Keystone Tonight: 3 Comedies from 1915: "Ambrose's Little Hatchet" starring Mack Swain, "Mabel and Fatty Viewing the World's Fair" and "Mabel and Fatty's Washday" starring Mabel Normand and Roscoe Arbuckle

The following films will remain available for all members until May 15:

  • Jack Pickford in the delightful "The Man Who Had Everything," (1924), a Retroformat exclusive scan from a 16mm HMH Foundation Moving Image Archive print!
  • Edison Film Company's fascinating one-reel drama "Temple of Moloch" (1914), made in cooperation with the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis. Another Retroformat exclusive scan!
  • Oscar Micheaux’s “Body and Soul” (1925) starring Paul Robeson
  • Charlie Chaplin and Mabel Normand in "Mabel's Married Life" (1914), and William S. Hart in "Bad Buck of Santa Ynez" (1915)

New exclusives for all Pioneer Deluxe members and up:
  • Available now: Legendary writer and cultural historian Anthony Slide, author of more than 70 books, including Nitrate Won’t Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States and Before Video: A History of the Non-Theatrical Film, talks with Jason Culp about the history of Blackhawk Films and his experiences writing historical introductions for their new releases.
  • Available now: Suzanne Lloyd speaks with Sean P. Malone about "Bumping into Broadway," "High and Dizzy," being raised by her grandparents, Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis Lloyd. Originally webcast on June 22, 2020.

The following Special Features will remain available for Deluxe Pioneers and up until May 15:

  • Legendary filmmaker Allison Anders talks about Jack Pickford and "The Man Who Had Everything."
  • Q&A with producer/educator (and now Retroformat Board of Directors member) Kevin Jones on Oscar Micheaux and “Body and Soul”

More exclusives, coming to The Vault in May:

  • Legendary Theda Bara in “The Unchastened Woman” (1925)
  • “An Hour to Live,” Episode 3 of “The Mystery of the Double Cross” (1917)
  • Monte Collins and Betty Boyd in "Honeymooniacs" (1929), the last silent Mermaid Comedy from legendary producer Jack White

And in future months:
  • William Wyler's fascinating drama "The Stolen Ranch" (1926) starring Fred Humes, William Bailey and Louise Lorraine
  • Margarita Fischer in “The Pearl of Paradise” (1916), from a gorgeous, super-rare print in the USC HMH Moving Image Archive
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew in “A Safe Investment” (1915)

Plus the following special features for Deluxe Pioneers and up:

  • Jason Culp talks to UCLA Film Archive's (and Retroformat Board of Directors member) Steven Hill about film preservation and the importance of silent films

…and much, much more!

Thank you for your support.
Your membership is crucial for maintaining and growing The Vault. Your support will also help grow our important programs that create enthusiasm about the art of silent film in the film capital of the world, Los Angeles, California, including public screenings with live music in theaters and public schools.  We are a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit.

All special contents copyright Retroformat Silent Films. For more information, visit Retroformat.org.
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