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Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film

FROM 1928 – THE HEIGHT OF THE SILENT FILM ART


Two special nights of silent classics introduced by silent film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow


Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Mary Pickford Foundation

THE CROWD
Tuesday, October 22

Featuring a print restored under the supervision of Kevin Brownlow with a stereo musical score composed by Carl Davis.

One of the most powerful and personal films of the American cinema, produced when silent film had reached its pinnacle of visual storytelling, “The Crowd” offers a stylized view of modern life through the eyes of a young New Yorker determined to fulfill his own imagined destiny despite the intervening foibles of everyday life. Romantic, timeless and heartbreaking, “The Crowd” dispels the stereotypes of the “limitations” of silent film on every level.

Starring Eleanor Boardman and James Murray. Produced and directed by King Vidor. Written by John V.A. Weaver and Vidor. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 35mm, silent, black-and-white, 98 min.

THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG
Thursday, October 24

Featuring a print restored under the supervision of Kevin Brownlow with a stereo musical score composed by Carl Davis.

Heightening the full romantic power of the silent screen with the unique “Lubitsch” touch, “The Student Prince” offers beautiful cinematography, playful and subtle performances from Novarro and Shearer, and a touching story of a young prince who falls in love with an innkeeper’s daughter in an enchanting film whose pictures are, indeed, worth a thousand words.

Starring Norma Shearer and Ramon Novarro. Produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Written by Hans Kraly, based on the book Karl Heinrich by Wilhelm Meyer-Förster and the operetta The Student Prince by Dorothy Donnelly and Sigmund Romberg. Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 35mm, silent, black-and-white, 105 min.

Kevin Brownlow received an Honorary Award from the Academy in 2010 and is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era. His books include The Parade’s Gone By…; The War, the West, and the Wilderness; Hollywood: The Pioneers; Behind the Mask of Innocence; David Lean and Mary Pickford Rediscovered. His documentaries include “Hollywood”; “Unknown Chaplin”; “Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow”; “Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius”; “D.W. Griffith: Father of Film”; “Cecil B. DeMille: American Epic”; and “Garbo.” Most famous among his many silent film restoration projects is Abel Gance’s 1927 epic “Napoleon.”

Event Information

Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
THE CROWD
Thurday, October 24, 7:30 p.m.
THE STUDENT PRINCE IN OLD HEIDELBERG
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211