Screen/Society--AMI Showcase--Silent Cinema Series--Silent Comedy Shorts (rare program of recovered classics!)
Film Screening--Silent Comedy Shorts:
A rare program of restored/recovered classics!
Works to be screened:
Un homme de tete (The Four Troublesome Heads AKA Four Heads are Better than One)
(Georges Méliès, 1898, 1:04 min, France, Silent, B&W, Blu-Ray)
In one of the greatest black art pictures, a conjurer performs a series of tricks which involve removing his own head.
Le Chaudron Infernal (The Infernal Cauldron)
(Georges Méliès, 1903, 1:44 min, France, Silent, B&W, Blu-Ray)
Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.
Excelsior! Prince of Magicians
(Georges Méliès, 1901, 2:07 min, France, Silent, B&W, Blu-Ray)
A magician performs a series of amazing tricks, pulling fish from his mouth, staging explosions, and conjuring children from thin air.
Mighty Like a Moose
(Leo McCarey, 1926, 22:47 min, USA, Silent w/ English intertitles, B&W, Blu-Ray) - starring Charley Chase!
Mr. and Mrs. Moose are not pretty. But after he has his teeth fixed and she has her nose done they look great. They meet by accident and don't recognize each other. They make plans for an illicit rendezvous, both nervous about stepping out on their spouses, but happy to feel attractive for the first time. The only problem: how to keep their spouses from finding out.
Now You Tell One (Non tu exagères)
(Charley Bowers, 1926, 22:07 min, USA, Silent w/ French Intertitles & English subtitles, B&W, Blu-Ray)
The Liars Club is holding their contest to see who can tell the most unbelievable story, with a gold medallion waiting to be awarded to the winner. Disappointed with the other members' bland efforts, one member brings in Charley Bowers, who has an extraordinary tale to tell - claiming to have invented a magic potion that enables him to grow absolutely anything by a simple grafting process.
The Love Nest
(Buster Keaton, 1923, 22:21 min, USA, Silent w/ English intertitles, B&W, Blu-Ray)
In an attempt to forget his lost sweetheart, Buster takes a long trip at sea and ends up on a whaling ship with a strict captain.
(Charles Chaplin, 1917, 24:07 min, USA, Silent w/ English intertitles, B&W, Blu-Ray)
Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.
Program TRT: approx. 98 min
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: The Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI), with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation