SHOW PEOPLE Starring Marion Davies

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Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2Thu, May 18, 2017 7:30 PM Event Date Passed


Anything But Silent Live Piano Accompaniment by ANDREW SIMPSON

Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 pm
Members $11 | Public $16

Hollywood conventions and pretensions are roasted in this very funny comedy starring famed star Marion Davies as a young hick from the sticks who becomes a famous movie star.

Marion Davies is best remembered today as the mistress of wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and as the prototype for Susan Alexander in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane ('41). What's overlooked is that she was a wonderful comedienne and terrific mimic who made a number of sly and sophisticated comedies like The Patsy at the end of the silent era. Show People (1928) is perhaps her best, which puts her into a rags-to-riches story about a young girl who works her way up from slapstick comedy shorts to become a glamorous dramatic star (based on Gloria Swanson). Hollywood conventions and pretensions are roasted in this very funny feature, which is further enlivened by cameo appearances of such stars of the day as Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, William S. Hart, and gossip columnist Louella Parsons.

Andrew Simpson is Resident Film Accompanist for the National Gallery of Art and regularly featured accompanist for the Library of Congress. He has performed original film scores at the Kennedy Center, AFI Silver Theater, New York Public Library at Lincoln Center, the Giornate del Cinema Muto, and many other venues. A composer, pianist, and organist, Simpson is professor and head of the division of Theory and Composition at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.