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December 2, 2017

Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)

Castro Theater, 7:00 pm • San Francisco Silent Film Festival

For one of Ernst Lubitsch's most charming silent comedies, a play by Oscar Wilde was transformed into a silent film. It may seem impossible to adapt Wilde's verbal wit into a non-verbal medium, but Lubitsch rises to the task, expanding the play's restricted timeline and settings to cinematic proportions, and replacing verbal witicisms with many visual witicisms. In fact, only two lines from the play make it into the film. The result is a supremely subtle and well-acted comedy, especially with Irene Rich as Mrs. Erlynne and Ronald Colman as Lord Darlington.

December 3, 2017

Spite Marriage

Rafael Theater • San Rafael, CA • 4:15 pm • $20

Spite Marriage (1928). Buster Keaton is a huge fan of an actress, who marries him to spite her fickle boyfriend. But can Buster win her heart for real? We'll start the afternoon with a rare Charley Chase short film.

January 14, 2018

Tea Dance

Avalon Ballroom • 6185 Arapahoe Road • Boulder Colorado • 2-5 pm

Tango, waltz, foxtrot, or do the vintage one-step or two-step to the original music of the ragtime dance craze. Playing music from 1900 through 1930, the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra, with singer Susan Rogers, plays for dancing on the best dance floor in Boulder. Vintage or semi-formal attire encouraged.

January 21, 2018

The Mark of Zorro

Kiggins Theater • Vancouver WA

Rodney Sauer, with members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, present Douglas Fairbanks' swashbuckler The Mark of Zorro. Douglas Fairbanks poses as an ineffectual fop while secretly fighting for justice in early California, in this hugely influential comic adventure.

February 9, 2018

Buster Keaton and Marceline Day

Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum

A film starring Buster Keaton and Colorado Springs native actress Marceline Day.

February 10, 2018

Silent Movie

Louisville Arts Center • Spruce and Grant, Louisville CO 7:30 pm

Silent film to be announced.

February 11, 2018

Peter Pan (1925)

Rialto Theater • Loveland, CO

The silent film version of Peter Pan, over which author J.M. Barrie maintained considerable control, is one of the most beautiful and enchanting silent films. J.M. Barrie selected unknown actress Betty Bronson to play the enigmatic boy who never grows up, and she is supported by excellent work by character actors Ernest Torrance as Captain Hook and Anna May Wong as Tiger Lily. Children will be highly entertained by the antics of Tinker Bell and the pirates, while parents will appreciate Barrie's unorthodox insights into the nature of children.

March 18, 2018

Wings (1927)

Longmont Museum • 3 pm

The winner of the first Academy Award is a sweeping epic of fighter pilots in the Great War. Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen fight the Germans and quarrel over Esther Ralston, but the real find is Clara Bow as a friend who joins the Women's Motor Corp. The highlight of the film is a series of dramatic air battles, filmed from the very airplanes that were leftover from the actual war, and a large-scale recreation of the Battle of St. Mihiel. Our score is based loosely on the New York Premiere score composed and compiled by J.S. Zamecnik, and requires a pit crew of sound effects people for the battle sequences.

April 27, 2018

Chicago

Alamo Draft House • Denver Silent Film Festival

Phyllis Haver as Roxie Hart in the startlingly cynical silent-film version of the story of corrupted justice.