Live Piano Accompaniment by Dan Redfeld
$12 (CFI members $9)
Film scholar Christel Schmidt will introduce a special screening of screen idol Mary Pickford's penultimate silent film, presented in a beautiful 35mm restoration from the Library of Congress. Considered by business partner Charlie Chaplin to be her finest film, Sparrows is a "full-blooded melodrama about an intrepid girl who struggles to protect a band of younger orphans from their wicked captor (Leonard Maltin)." This Dickensian tale boasts highly stylized sets, including an ominous-looking swamp, and atmospheric cinematography influenced by German cinema. Screened with live piano accompaniment by Dan Redfeld, the film will be preceded by the film's original trailer and rare outtakes, also from the collection of the Library of Congress. Director: William Beaudine. (US 1926) Films approx. 100 min.
Christel Schmidt is the editor of the newly released Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies (co-published by the Library of Congress and the University Press of Kentucky). Following the screening she will sign copies of her book, which will be available.