Silent Film Series
with Live Piano Scores by Composer Robert Bruce

Presented by Robert Bruce & Peter Karle
February 1 to 4, 2017
McManus Studio Theatre

Silent Comedy Shorts (1919-1923)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 7:30 pm

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A program of 4 silent comedy shorts, one by each of the great masters of silent film comedy - Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Harry Langdon.

 

It (1927) - starring Clara Bow
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:30 pm

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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.

 

Safety Last (1923) - starring Harold Lloyd
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:30 pm

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The image of Harold Lloyd hanging from the clock in "Safety Last" has been one of Hollywood's most enduring icons.  With its brilliant slow-building final scene and many clever gags along the way, this hilarious silent comedy continues to delight film fans of all ages.

 

The General (1926) - starring Buster Keaton
Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 7:30 pm

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Widely considered one of the greatest films ever made, "The General" is a unique cinematic gem that Keaton also considered his greatest accomplishment.