Silent Films from the Jazz Age
Recently restored 1920s silent classics from France, Germany, and the US. Shown in Morley Lecture Hall unless noted. Each program $10, CMA members $7.
Marion Davies, ace comedienne and protégé/paramour to William Randolph Hearst, plays a millionaire’s spoiled daughter who is whipped into shape by the actor playing Petruchio in a local production of The Taming of the Shrew. This delightful silent comedy is best remembered today for its Art Deco production design (sets, costumes, lighting) by prominent designer Joseph Urban.
This ebullient silent comedy tells of an ardent baseball fan who tries to save the last horse-drawn trolley line (run by his girlfriend’s grandfather) in speed-obsessed New York City. Partly filmed on location, the movie offers a fascinating look at 1920s NYC.
Fernand Léger, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Paul Poiret, René Lalique, and other vanguard French painters, architects, designers, dancers, and musicians were enlisted by filmmaker Marcel L’Herbier to collaborate with him on this “miscellany of modern art.” Newly restored, it’s a fantastic silent spectacle about a heartless opera singer and her many beaus, some of whom she drives to murder and suicide.