Edna Purviance's bio

June 6, 2018 - Re-editing Edna Purviance's family biography 2nd Draft. Photo: Leading Ladies © used by ednapurviance.org

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Charlie Chaplin lost production 'The Sea Gull'

THE SEA GULL "A Woman of the Sea"
By Linda Wada
Charlie Chaplin's lost film production.
Purchase now ONLY at ednapurviance.com.
Comments about the book

"THE SEA GULL is an important contribution to film history, and worth buying for the stills alone. The look of the film, revealed in these marvellous photographs, makes it all the more tragic that it was destroyed.

This book provides the nearest experience we will have to seeing it. Thank you for all the hard work. It is much appreciated."

Kevin Brownlow - Silent Film Historian - London, England

If you were at Cinecon or saw Edna's home page, you would have seen our announcement about our first Edna book called THE SEA GULL - 'A Woman of the Sea'. Edna Purviance starred in the film which was directed by Josef von Sternberg, but Chaplin never released it.

While little has been known about this film, Edna personally kept a collection of images from the film. A few stills from this same collection are now in the BFI collection, which I reported on a couple of times on Edna's site. (Edna Purviance Collection and Edna Purviance Collection: Re-visited) But the ones for this book are from Edna's own collection and never seen before.

The SECOND book we are working on is Edna's biography. We do not have a name for that book yet, but we will have more on it in the coming months.

Update April 12, 2008 - We have just learned about a major Josef von Sternberg program planned for Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy, June 28-July 5, 2008. Click this link for more information.


Anonymous said...

For Chaplin/Edna scholars, this is one of the most exciting developments in years, probably since the discovery of Sydney's color home movies of the "Great Dictator". I can imagine the excitement in discovering this cache of photos - like when historian Mack McCormick found the only two known photos of bluesman Robert Johnson in a family collection, thirty five years after his death. Amazing find!

Edna's Place said...

It was very exciting to see these and to share with the family what film this was. (I knew the film the minute I saw the images.)

On top of that, these are Edna's personal images in her very own collection. And lucky the images have survived all these years.

Except for the few that 'escaped' Edna's home and now in the BFI collection (Lita, Ellie and I had long talks about how that happened, because the family never sold anything, these images give the most insight into that lost film to date.

And there are enough images to see a story line, which has been fun to place together, at least, the best one can, with everything that is there.

Anonymous said...

In his Chaplin biography, Robinson refers to a surviving title list from the film in the Chaplin archives - if that were available, it would help decipher the story.

Edna's Place said...

Yes, there is some information, as Robinson said in his book.