Silent Film Series

With Live Piano Scores by Robert Bruce

Sunrise

by F.W. Murnau (1927)

Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Winning the Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture in the very first Academy Awards in 1928, “Sunrise” is a dark and cinematically striking film staring the lovely Janet Gaynor in one of her last silent roles.  The production was Murnau’s first in the United States and came immediately after his 1926 masterpiece “Faust”.

The Cameraman

(1928) starring Buster Keaton

Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 8:00 pm

In his last truly great silent film, Buster Keaton pursues a romance with the secretary at “MGM Newsreels” while simultaneously trying to establish himself there as a cameraman.  The film beautifully captures sections of New York City in 1928 and, as is usual for Keaton in his prime, is filled with many brilliant gags and scenarios.

It

(1927) starring Clara Bow

Saturday, March 25, 2017 – 8:00 pm

Based on a Novella by Elinor Glyn that was originally serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine, this was the film that turned actress Clara Bow into a major star and led people to henceforth label her “The IT Girl”.  A brilliant and well-played drama – light comedy that allows Clara Bow to really shine, “It” was, of course, the 1920s code word for sex appeal.

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