Chicago, IL: THE HALF-BREED (1916)

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Chicago, IL: THE HALF-BREED (1916)

PostFri Aug 25, 2017 3:20 pm

Saturday, Sept. 16 at 3:30pm
Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:00pm

Gene Siskel Film Center
of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
164 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60601

Fairbanks has an atypically serious role in this fascinating early anti-western that stays remarkably true to the anti-racist sentiments of the 1883 Bret Harte novella ("In the Carquinez Woods") on which it is based. He plays Lo Dorman, the offspring of an Indian woman who killed herself when his white father deserted her. Arriving in the western town of Excelsior, Lo attracts the interest of the town flirt and the jealousy of her male admirers. He retreats to the nearby woods (with spectacular scenery filmed in Sequoia National Park), but the arrival of a snake oil salesman and his Mexican mistress (Rubens) threatens the half-breed's sanctuary. The film takes a resoundingly dim view of the white townspeople; there is not an admirable one in the lot. In the end, its sympathies lie with neither the whites nor the Indians, but with the archetypal American figure of the outcast. This restoration includes elements from the excavation that is detailed in DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (playing Sept. 15-20). Silent film with recorded music score by Donald Sosin. 2K DCP digital restoration from Kino Lorber. (MR)

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