Silent Film Series with Live Musical Accompaniment



March 22: Sanguivorous
(2011, dir. Naoki Yoshimoto, 56 mins., Japan)
Using his own invented instruments, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani complements Naoki Yoshimoto’s far-east tale of a young woman who, after suffering strange physical maladies, discovers that she is of vampire ancestry. Staving off her growing thirst for blood proves difficult when her boyfriend tries to be of help in this Japanese horror film featuring the renowned avant-garde butoh dancer Ko Murobushi.
Shown in DVD.

March 29: Sparrows
(1926, dir. William Beaudine, 88 mins.)
Music by Philip Carli
Mary Pickford’s penultimate silent film is a Dickensian tale of orphans living on a baby farm run by an evil caretaker. The movie boasts highly stylized sets and atmospheric cinematography that illustrates the growing influence of German expressionist cinema on American filmmakers in the 1920s. The feature is preceded by the Sparrows trailer and outtakes.

35mm restoration provided by the Library of Congress. Introductory talk and book signing by Christel Schmidt, editor of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies (co-published by the Library of Congress and the University Press of Kentucky).

April 5: The Matrimaniac and The Missing Millionaire
(1916, dir. Paul Powell, USA)
Music by Roger Lippencott
In The Matrimaniac, Jimmie Conroy (Douglas Fairbanks) and Marna Lewis (Constance Talmadge) catch a train with plans to elope, but they’re met with strong-willed opposition when Marna’s father and his preferred would-be groom team up to intervene. After the couple becomes separated and things go awry, only the technology of a modern telephone can save the day in this 1916 silent comedy.

A year after The Matrimaniac’s release, the studio recut and retitled the film to create an entirely different storyline - The Missing Millionaire. Both films will be introduced by film historian Eric Grayson. Both films shown in 35mm.

April 12: So's Your Old Man and You're Telling Me!
(1926, dir. Gregory La Cava, 67 mins., USA)
(1934, dir. Erle C. Kenton, 67 mins., USA)
Music by Roger Lippencott
Inventor Samuel Bisbee (W.C. Fields) hopes to gain approval with his newest invention--break-proof glass, but he falls despondent when his demonstration to a group of auto businessmen goes wrong. Contemplating suicide on the train on his way home, Sam meets Princess Lescaboura (Alice Joyce) and manages to stop her from committing the same act. Unbeknownst to Sam, his noble act proves beneficial when the princess tracks down Sam to show her appreciation. Film historian Eric Grayson will introduce the film.

Following the screening, watch You’re Telling Me!, a re-make with sound made eight years later, starring W.C. Fields again as Samuel Bisbee. Both films shown in 35mm.

Silent Film Series with Live Musical Accompaniment Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN