The Sea Gull
"A Woman of the Sea"
The Chaplin's Studio Lost Film Production
Josef von Sternberg
Leading Ladies Publication
Book by Linda Wada
Design by Wesley Wada
Photos - Hill Family Collection
Lita and Ellie Hill
Sea Gull narrative of film
from the Chaplin Archives
LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW
FILM CRITIC AND WRITER
Reviews and Comments of The Sea Gull
"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
"It is beautiful, informative and edifying all at once. All your hard work has resulted in a marvelous achievement. It's a great work and beautifully presented."
David W. Toll - Nevada Writer
"Let me first congratulate you on the fruition of your years of research and dedication to Chaplin's leading lady Edna Purviance.
I'm sure that Chaplin and Edna fans alike appreciate your efforts and commitments.
This ground breaking work has greatly enriched our understanding of Edna's life and works, and uncovered much of the mystery around "A Woman of the Sea," Chaplin's lost film.
Not for your dedication and perseverance, we might never even have a glimpse of the film.
I like the design of the book in particular. It looks very clean and classy. The stills from "The Sea Gull - A Woman of the Sea" with the reconstructed story line are no doubt the brightest spots of the book.
The Seagull has a 52 page gallery showing each photo from the Hill Collection along with a reconstructed narrative using the materials from The Chaplin Archives (shooting schedule and film narrative title list). - Photos by Linda Wada
They not only help us better understand the film but also offer us an opportunity to appreciate the photography, the set, the decoration, the costume and of course the actors.
So "The Sea Gull - A Woman of the Sea" is not completely lost after all.
The book makes pleasant reading, with so many eye-catching still photos and a well-balanced story of Edna's private and professional life.
I hope you'll give us a fuller account of Edna's life and career before and after "The Sea Gull - A Woman of the Sea" in future editions."
Ted Lu - Discover Chaplin - Montreal, Canada
The Seagull is printed in full color. Photo of book by Linda Wada.
"I congratulate you on a very interesting and attractive book...
I really hope it may lead to the discovery of other material about
Kate Guyonvarch - Association Chaplin - Paris, France
Some Fan Comments since the release
"Almost Speechless! ...the book is PHENOMENAL! ... is even
better than I imagined! I am so impressed. This is such a great contribution to Chaplin/Edna scholarship, and I applaud your hard work and dedication." - PC
"Received "The Sea Gull" book this afternoon. What an outstanding treasure trove of outstanding pictures and research. Thank goodness Edna fans (and Edna herself) have someone like you to create such a wonderful book!!" - MM
"...it blew me away, it's amazing, better than I could have imagined." - GCE
"I have received The Sea Gull, and what a wonderful work it is! It is a very beautiful and important book and I enjoy it immensely." - IG
"The book is beautiful!" - DH
"Reading it was a real pleasure. It's very well conceived, with images illustrating perfectly the story. The progression towards the shooting of the film is very clear for every star involved (Edna, Charlie, Von Sternberg...). It's one of the most enjoyable books I've read about Chaplin. One point strucks me when seeing the pictures of Edna in A Woman of the Sea: She's so fresh and beautiful in these pictures!" - DD
"I received my book!!!!! It is wonderful. I enjoy to see pictures of Edna I never seen before." - FB
"I think it looks smashing. The photos are so interesting, Ellie had a treasure of images for sure. Really you guys did a wonderful job and Lita was so pleased. What you left for her certainly helped her to pass from this world knowing Edna's story would go on forever." - BT
"Great book!" - BK
"How beautiful, great book this is! Your matchless ultimate work help us to make unknown facts clear about the lost film and Edna." - SO
"I can't tell you how exquisite the Sea Gull book is!!! We were looking through it last night, ooohing and aaahing. The layout, the photos, the writing, the paper, the printing--everything is just perfect." - MM
"Beautiful book!" - JM
"The book arrived today, and it is absolutely fascinating. This is an important book-Leading Ladies should be very proud of themselves." - JW
"You have done a really magnificent job! The book is beautiful and the photos are so crisp & clear. I have read almost all of it already and am sure I will be re-looking and re-reading for some time to come - at least until the bio comes out!" - MC
"The book arrived - and it's lovely. I had it delivered to work where we know a little about publishing. My colleagues and I all agreed that you did a marvelous job, not only with the copy and design, but with choosing a printer." - AK
"It looks great!" - DF
"I received the book today, very well packaged, and have just been through it. It is really wonderful to be able to see the photos, along with your reconstruction of the story. The book is very nicely designed overall, and your love of Edna shines through it all. Thanks very much for this contribution." - JB
"I have been reading the seagull book, it is beautifully produced. The photos are wonderful. What a terrific loss! the movie, that is. I hope you are greatly appreciated for bringing it to the attention of our generation." - JMc
"My wife was thrilled and I must say, the book is beautifully done. You can be very proud of this outstanding and long-overdue achievement!" - KB
"It's beautifully produced, the page quality and picture clarity are exceptionally good, the 8X10 (the front cover still) of Edna was a fine choice, and nicely protected. All of your careful personal touches - the handwritten card, especially - were thoughtful, and appreciated. The scholarship in it also was important, just the basic outline you provided in it on Edna's personal history alone was more than most of us have been able to learn about her before this." - HM
SEAGULL UPDATES - LOG DURING PRODUCTION
Creating a book with a team of good people...
To get to the stuff above, you have to go through the stuff below...
During the creating of The Sea Gull, I had a contest for a free book. The contest lasted about a year. Because people were visiting, I decided to write a log about how things were going.
It is not perfect, but a place to note things down along the way. I decided to keep this log (as it is) to remember the project and how it developed in 2007. I added the pictures to show the book in different stages.
January 13, 2007 - The Sea Gull will be released from Leading Ladies publications January 13th, 2008. It will be available only at the new ednapurviance.com site. This new site hosts our shop for the book.
Since we have fans worldwide, watch Edna's home page for the first public link to the new site. It will follow at Edna's Place blog on Sunday in the USA. Read the link on December 28, 2007 to learn more about the shop and book.
December 28, 2007 - Special information about The Sea Gull. more>
December 12, 2007 - The Sea Gull is set to release the week of January 13th, 2008. See this link to Edna's Place for more details.
Also, we got our hard cover and paperback proof books back. While we have a couple of adjustments to make on the paperback (due to the new additions we added) we decided to NOT offer a hard cover version of The Sea Gull.
The Sea Gull will be an introduction to Edna, with images never seen before, and will be followed by the second book, the biography on her and her family. (Other projects are in mind too following these, with the DVD of Edna's video also being worked on as well.)
First Sea Gull book. Photo by Linda Wada. Thanks to everyone who supported this project. Special thanks to all our readers and especially Lita and Ellie Hill.