The following is a guest post by Rachel Parker, of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, June 16 (7:30 p.m.)
Silent Movie Double Feature
Whispering Shadows (Peerless Feature, 1921)
After attending a séance, a young couple deals with the question of whether the dead have the power to warn their loved ones of impending danger. This unusual picture took six months to make and is based upon Walter Hackett’s play “The Invisible Foe.” The film was directed by Emile Chautard and stars Lucy Cotton, Charles A. Stevenson, Philip Merivale and Robert Barrat. 70 minutes.
That Model From Paris (Tiffany Productions, 1926)
This rarely seen film is a Cinderella story where a plain-looking cashier is compelled to pose as a model from Paris who knows no English while working in a fashionable salon. Based upon the short story “The Right to Live” by Governeur Morris, this comedy was directed by Louis J. Gasnier. It stars Marceline Day, Bert Lytell, Ward Crane and Eileen Percy. Both films will be shown in rare 28 mm prints and will be introduced by Dino Everett, archivist of the Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive at USC. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Andrew Simpson on the Walker theater organ. 70 minutes.
Friday, June 17 (7:30 p.m.)
Husbands and Wives (Gaumont, 1920)
A pampered Northern heiress marries a young Southerner who is proud of his heritage and his hard work ethic. She loves beautiful gowns and excitement, and has difficulty conforming to his idea of what a wife should be. Directed by Joseph Levering, the film stars Vivian Martin and Hugh Thompson. Two short films will be shown before the feature: Georges Méliès’ The Triple Headed Lady (1902) and the latest installment of Eric Grayson’s restoration of The King of the Kongo (1929). Philip Carli will provide live musical accompanied on the Walker theater organ for the silent feature and short. 70 minutes.
Saturday, June 18 (7:30 p.m.) – At the State Theatre in Culpeper
Silent Movie Double Feature
The Bride’s Play (Paramount, 1922)
Marion Davies stars as Aileen Barrett, an educated Irish lass of refinement, who is well-versed in the folk-tales of her native land. Aileen is a sweet, kind-natured girl, helpful to the poor and instructive and gentle to the young. Her father, John Barrett, dies while Aileen is still at school, leaving her a comfortable fortune. Her loveliness attracts both an earnest, rich wooer as well as a young Dublin poet. When the ancient custom of “The Bride’s Play” is revived at her wedding, Aileen must choose between the two men. Directed by George Terwilliger, the romantic drama also features Wyndham Standing, Frank Shannon and Jack O’Brien. This is the premiere screening of a new Library of Congress preservation of this Davies vehicle that William Randolph Hearst produced under his own company, Cosmopolitan Productions. 86 minutes.
Bell Boy 13 (Associated First National, 1923)
Harry Elrod takes a job as a bellboy when he is disinherited by his uncle and fails in his efforts to elope with actress Kitty Clyde. He causes so much confusion that Uncle Elrod buys the hotel so that he may fire Harry. Directed by William Seiter, this comedy stars Douglas MacLean, Margaret Loomis, and John Steppling. 65 minutes.
This screening at the State Theatre is open to the public and there will be an admission charge of $10. Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.