Silent Clowns Film Series Fall/Winter 2009 (NY)

THE SILENT CLOWNS FILM SERIES
MEETS “THESE TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES” HEAD-ON…
WITH SLAPSTICK SALUTES TO
FOLKS JUST TRYING TO GET BY!

( NOTE NEW THEATER LOCATION!!)


The Silent Clowns Film Series has become the place for film buffs and families to go to see classic silent comedy films. Presenting its programs on Sunday afternoons from fall to spring the series has offered hundreds of classic film fans and young people all over the tri-state region the chance to see Chaplin, Keaton, and everyone in-between. All shows feature live piano accompaniment by Ben Model.

The Silent Clowns’ Fall / Winter 2009 season tips its hats (all of them) the slapstick art of survival with five programs of classic silent comedy shorts and features helmed by the likes of: Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Our Gang, Ben Turpin, Charley Chase, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Harry Langdon. All this culminates in a December showing of Laurel & Hardy silents where the audience will vote online for their faves to be screened.


The Silent Clowns Film Series is held at
THE ARCLIGHT THEATRE
152 WEST 71st STREET, betw B’way and Columbus)
Subway: 1, 2 or 3 W72. or C to W72
Tickets are
$10.00 all adults and $5.00 for kids and seniors.
Live piano accompaniment by Ben Model
Tickets are sold at the door. For more information visit www.silentclowns.com or call 212-712-SCFS.



THE SILENT CLOWNS FILM SERIES
2009 FALL/WINTER SCHEDULE

All programs feature live musical accompaniment by Ben Model.

Sunday, October 11 at 2pm
Comedy on the Bum
– or –
The Elegance of Indigence
Tramps (a.k.a. “Knights of the Road”) were popular comic characters on stage, in comic strips, and in early films. While Charlie Chaplin used it for his regular screen persona, most of the other big name comics spent some time cinematically “on the bum”. Today’s down-and-outers include Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle in Fatty’s New Role (’15), Charlie Chaplin’s Easy Street (’17), Harold Lloyd in From Hand To Mouth (’19 ), Buster Keaton’s The Goat (’21), and Fiddlesticks (’27) with Harry Langdon.

Sunday, October 25 at 2pm
Harold Lloyd in “Dr. Jack” (1922)
Remembered today as the “third genius” of silent comedy, Harold Lloyd was always first at the box office.Dr. Jack (’22), although not as well known as Grandma’s Boy (’22) or The Freshman (’25), is equally funny and presents Harold as a country doctor who uses scares and thrills to help a young rich girl get rid of parasitic doctors. Also on this Halloween program is Buster Keaton surrounded by eerie goings-on inThe Haunted House (’21).

Sunday, November 8 at 2pm
Slapstick Show-Biz Part One:
Stagecraft Shenanigans
Since most of the silent film comedians came from the stage, it was only natural that they would use their theatre background and experiences for comic material. Tough company managers, over-ripe melodramas and fly-by-night theatre troupes are some of the subjects at hand today in the Thanhouser company’s The Soap Suds Star (215), Charlie Chaplin’s The Property Man (’14), The Play House (’21) with Buster Keaton, Charley Chase’s Bromo and Juliet (’26), and Lupino Lane in Drama Deluxe (’27).

Sunday, November 22 at 2pm
Slapstick Show-Biz Part Two:
Chaos on the Set
The second part of our Show-Biz programs finds our silent clowns poking fun at themselves and their style of filmmaking. Nothing could be simpler or handier (not to mention cheaper) than using their own studios as background for slapstick antics, which today gives us precious behind-the-scenes glimpses of where and how these films were made. On the bill is Everett True Breaks into the Movies (’16), Charlie Chaplin’s Behind the Screen (’16), Hey There (’18) with Harold Lloyd, Our Gang’s Dogs of War (’23), and The Daredevil (’23) starring Ben Turpin.

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Sunday, December 6 at 2pm

Laurel & Hardy: U-Pick ‘Em!

*Audience Favorites*

After years of solo work, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy came together at the Hal Roach Studio in 1927.In their comedies human foibles and the frustrations of everyday life were magnified a hundred times over. Now you have the opportunity to select which of their silent shorts you’d like to see. Vote online on our website, and the four finalists will be screened at this show! Visit our website to go to the voting page.

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