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Saturday September 20 2014

ANOTHER FINE MESS: SILENT LAUREL AND HARDY SHORTS

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 11:00 AM (70 min)
Our program features the splendid anarchy of the finest comedy team to grace the silver screen. Both Stan Laurel (the thin Briton with the elastic face) and Oliver Hardy (the rotund baby-faced American) were successful comedians before the met, but together they were genius! Many people know the duo from their later feature career which included Sons of the Desert (1933, Babes in Toyland (1934, and Our Relations (1936), and these rare short silents are sure to be a revelation! Included in our program: Two Tars (1928), Big Business (1929) and a surprise or two!
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THE SON OF THE SHEIK

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 1:00 PM (81 min)
Rudolph Valentino's last film picks up on the story of his extraordinarily successful The Sheik. The Son of the Sheik resumes about 25 years later, and Valentino agains stars, this time as the son! Like his father, he's charasmatic, athletic, and a ladies man. This wonderful swashbuckling romance is being presented in a new restoration by Ken Winokur and Jane Gillooly of Box 5 from excellent 35mm negative material.
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A NIGHT AT THE CINEMA IN 1914

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 3:30 PM (85 min)
Marking the centenary of the start of World War I, the British Film Institute has put together this glorious miscellany of comedies, adventure films, travelogues and newsreels recreates a typical night out at the cinema in 1914. Cinema a century ago was a new, exciting and highly democratic form of entertainment. Picture houses across the country offered a sociable, lively environment in which to relax and escape from the daily grind. With feature films still rare, the program was an entertaining, ever-changing roster of short items with live musical accompaniment. Among the highlights of this program of 14 short films are a quirky comic short about a face-pulling competition, a sensational episode of the American film serial The Perils of Pauline, an early aviation display, scenes of suffragettes protesting at Buckingham Palace and Allied troops celebrating Christmas at the Front. There is also an anti-German animation film and an early sighting of one of cinema’s greatest icons …
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THE GENERAL

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 7:00 PM (75 min)
Consistently listed as one of the finest films of all time, The General was one of Keaton's favorites as well. In the film, Buster plays Johnnie Gray who falls into the Confederacy through love of his locomotive and his beautiful Annabelle Lee. Orson Welles said: "The greatest comedy ever, made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made."
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THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 9:00 PM (75 min)
The story of the hypnotist Dr. Caligari and his somnambulist Cesare is one of the earliest examples of a "psychological thriller" and one of the best known German films of all time. Our presentation will be the US premiere of the restoration of this brilliant film—restored using the original camera negative, resulting in a print quality worthy of its classic status.
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