ONLINE EVENT - William S. Hart in TUMBLEWEEDS (1925) - Live-Stream with Live Piano Accompaniment by Ben Model!

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A LIVE "Anything But Silent" Event!

TUMBLEWEEDS (1925) starring William S. Hart!

featuring Live Piano Accompaniment by BEN MODEL from home!

Live Streaming on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:00 PM ET!

General Admission is Pay-What-You-Want! – Click "Buy Tickets" above for price options

Silent-Film-Western legend William S. Hart stars in this classic tale of settlers in the Oklahoma territory. Directed by King Baggot, and co-directed by Hart, Tumbleweeds follows a cowboy in 1890s Kansas, Don Carver (Hart), a drifter or “tumbleweed” by nature who meets and falls in love with Molly Lassiter (Barbara Bedford) after accidentally lassoing her. Hoping to settle down with his love, Carver decides to get in on the Cherokee Strip land rush, but after being falsely arrested by the U.S. Cavalry, Carver must find a way to break out of the stockade if he is to get back into the race. (USA, 1925, 78 min., NR, Dir. King Baggot)

Tumbleweeds was cowboy legend William S. Hart’s final starring role. Hart, who was known for his brand of gritty and rugged Westerns set the standard for all Western stars who followed. Modern reviews of Tumbleweeds have lauded it as the high point of Hart's career. Gary Johnson in Images Journal said that although Tumbleweeds was only a mild box-office success, it is arguably Hart's finest film. "The movie's most impressive sequence remains the land rush", wrote Johnson. "All manners of vehicles -- covered wagons, surreys, stagecoaches, even a large-wheeled bicycle -- bounce over the prairie in the mad rush to claim land. Other films would attempt to recreate the Oklahoma land rush -- such as Cimarron, which won the Best Picture Academy Award in 1931 -- but Tumbleweeds remains the best example."

Ben Model is one of America’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silent films at the New York MoMA since 1984 and the CAC since 2006. Since March 16th, 2020, Ben has been hosting a weekly live-streamed silent film show from his living room, “The Silent Comedy Watch Party.” Click here to visit Ben's YouTube page!

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