The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.
Thursday, January 12 (7:30 p.m.)
The Spanish Dancer (Paramount, 1923)
Set in early 17th-century Spain, the story of this humorous costume drama follows gypsy singer Maritana (Pola Negri) and her lover, penniless nobleman Don César de Bazan (Antonio Moreno), as they become enmeshed in court intrigue. Directed by Herbert Brenon, the film also features Wallace Beery, Kathlyn Williams and Adolphe Menjou. This restoration print of “The Spanish Dancer” by the EYE Film Institute Netherlands is based on film material from four incomplete prints. The final version now contains 95% of the original script. Live musical accompaniment will be provided by Bernie Anderson making his Packard Campus Theater debut. Short subjects TBA.
Friday, January 13 (7:30 p.m.)
East is West (Associated First National, 1922)
Silent film comedienne Constance Talmadge stars as Chinese maiden Ming Toy who is about to be sold into slavery when she’s rescued by handsome young American Billy Benson. Ming lands in San Francisco, where Charlie Yong, the ruthless king of Chinatown (Warner Oland), attempts to kidnap her and it’s Billy to the rescue again. Talmadge’s frequent director Sidney Franklin helmed this comedy based on a hit Broadway play that was adapted by screenwriter Frances Marion. The Nederlands Filmmuseum (EYE) undertook a multi-year restoration of East is West when a nitrate print was discovered in 2005. It will be introduced by the Institute’s silent film curator Elif Rongen-Kaynakci and live musical accompaniment will be provided by Bernie Anderson. Short subjects TBA.
NOTE: The theater will be closed on Saturday, January 14, 2017.
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