Filmed in the deserts of California (in what is now the Joshua Tree National Park), Clash of the Wolves marks the cinematic pinnacle of the original Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd rescued from a World War I battlefield, and brought to America where he became a screen sensation. Rinty stars as Lobo, leader of a pack of wolves hunted by the authorities. Through an act of kindness, prospector Dave Weston (Charles Farrell, 7th Heaven), earns Lobo’s trust. And when a claim-jumper attempts to murder Weston, Lobo performs extraordinary feats to demonstrate the depths of his loyalty. Inducted into the National Film Registry in 2004, Clash of the Wolves is restored in 4K and is presented with a new musical score composed and performed by Ben Model.
Where the North Begins is another action-filled drama of friendship and survival, this one set in the snow-covered mountains of Canada. The film was scanned in 2K as part of the Library of Congress’s Silent Film Project, the goal of which is to borrow, catalog, digitally preserve, and ensure the availability of films for public viewing and research. The film is scored by Jon C. Mirsalis, from whose collection the print was sourced.
• Audio commentary for Clash of the Wolves by film historian Anthony Slide