Independent distributors Flicker Alley will release on Blu-ray director Marcel L'Herbier's (L' Argent) The Late Mathias Pascal a.k.a The Living Dead Man (1926), starring Ivan Mozzhukhin, Marcelle Pradot and Michel Simon. The release will be available for purchase on January 15th.
Adapted from the novel by Luigi Pirandello, The Late Mathias Pascal is the biggest French fantasy film of the 1920s. The film boasts famous stylized sets designed by Alberto Cavalcanti (Went The Day Well?) and Lazare Meerson (Le Million), seen here to best advantage in a stunning tinted and toned print restored by the Cinematheque Française, and accompanied by a beautiful large-orchestra score composed and conducted by Timothy Brock.
Mathias, an eccentric dreamer, is trapped in the undertakings of daily life as he suffers his days in a loveless marriage, a dead end job and tyrannized by his ungrateful mother-in-law. Grief-stricken by the death of his mother and infant daughter, Mathias flees to Monte Carlo, where a run of luck at roulette wins him a fortune. After his death is falsely reported, Mathias leaps at the chance of a second and adventurous life in Rome.