Max Linder, the French master of silent film who inspired, replaced and even collaborated with Charlie Chaplin, makes his feature premiere at Public Domain Xinema! Join us this Tuesday, May 8th, at 7 p.m. as we enjoy the brilliant and hilarious Seven Years Bad Luck (1921) starring, written and directed by Max Linder. This feature length silent comedy has a simple enough premise: the breaking of a mirror and the hijinks that ensue. But the genius, comedy and social commentary both overt and subtle- laced throughout the film are what make it so special. This silent classic will be accompanied by the incomparable team of Justin Schepige and Kevin Van Walk, in from Corvallis to sweep you off your feet with live virtuoso improvisational music, right in the theater. If you've never heard them before, they're an unbelievable team of musicians who specialize in (among other things) accompanying silent films. They've previously played with Battleship Potemkin, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Robin Hood, The Phantom of the Opera, The General and other classics at the Clinton Street Theater, but if you'v never seen them, you're in for an amazing treat.
As always, this film will be preceded by newsreels, cartoons and other treats from the year of release (1921). As a special bonus we'll also be enjoying a very special new release of a classic Lloyd Hamilton short film, also accompanied by the band, before the show. Hamilton, like Linder, was one of the most accomplished and talented silent comedians of the early film era who is now unfortunately very under-appreciated. We'll be screening a very special presentation of the short comedy, A Home Made Man (1928), directed by the great Norman Taurog, starring Lloyd Hamilton and in a small, uncredited extra-role, a young John Wayne! This screening is by special permission from Glass & Wyatt (of the United Kingdom), who released a glorious brand new restored collection of Hamilton's short films earlier this year. This film hasn't been screened in the United States (or anywhere, really) for quite some time. Certainly not with live musicians providing a score right in the theater- or rather, it likely hasn't been screened since there was ONLY live musicians providing scores theaters. In short, this is a rare and magical film experience, and you're only going to get it at the Clinton Street Theater. Join us, won't you?
Tuesday, May 8th, 7 p.m., Donation Based (bring something or nothing, just come!!) only at the Clinton Street Theater
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