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March 29, 2024, 7 pm

The Patsy

The Longmont Museum's Stewart Auditorium

Marion Davies plays the youngest daughter in a dysfunctional family, with a crush on her sister's boyfriend. But before she can work on her romance, she has to work on gaining the respect of her domineering mother (wonderfully played by Marie Dressler). A highlight is a scene where Davies tries to impress a man by impersonating silent film stars Mae Murray, Pola Negri, and Lillian Gish. The Stewart Auditorium is an excellent venue, with excellent acoustics and my favorite concert piano. For tickets and details, visit the Longmont Museum website.

March 30, 2024, 7 pm

Show People

The Longmont Museum

Based loosely on the careers of stars like Gloria Swanson, Marion Davies plays naive Peggy Pepper, who arrives in Hollywood expecting stardom to land in her lap. But of course, the road to stardom never ran smoothly. Working her way up from slapstick comedy to pretentious artistic roles (changing her name to “Patricia Pepoire” along the way), her arc takes her behind the scenes in Hollywood’s golden age, with plenty of cameos from other major Hollywood stars and directors. For details and tickets, visit the Longmont Museum's website.

April 10-14, 2024

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Palace of Fine Arts Theater, San Francisco

The Mont Alto Orchestra will be appearing at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. We'll be playing for two wonderful comedy programs (Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother and Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr. (as well as One Week). We've also prepared two new scores: The Sea Hawk, a rollicking piratical swashbuckler with Milton Sills playing Sir Oliver Tressilian, betrayed and sold into slavery. Though a series of wild sea battles, he becomes a celebrated Algerian pirate, preying on Spanish ships, and eventually getting retribution on the people who wronged him. Then we'll be closing the festival with a new restoration of The Red Mark, a very unusual melodrama set in a French penal colony run by the despotic Gustav von Seyferrtitz. Full schedule at The San Francisco Silent Film Festival's web page.

April 18-21, 2024

The TCM Classic Films Festival

Hollywood

We'll be presenting a classic Buster Keaton feature at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood! Details to be provided later. 

May 1, 2024

The Wild Cat (Die Berg Katze)

Boulder International Film Series

Director Ernst Lubitsch, in his wild early days, twists a standard comic opera plot—the handsome soldier falling for the daughter of a bandit chieftain—as though somehow Mel Brooks were directing a Strauss operetta on sets by Dr. Seuss. Pola Negri smokes in the title role as a capricious, dominating mountain girl; but all of the roles are perfectly played as over-the-top comedy. For details, visit the International Film Series website.