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Nuts; you’ve got your hands full.

Silent film nuts, that is. It’s a busy, busy weekend for silent film enthusiasts in the area. Unfortunately, due to the impending state of end-of-the-worldness we will only be able to make it to about half of these screenings. Impending doom aside, you’re still going to have to make some tough choices this Sunday.

THURSDAY, May 19th:

  • American Cinemathque is presenting a double-feature of Tod Browning’s haunting silent films The Unknown, starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford and The Unholy Three, also starring Lon Chaney at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. These two films actually kick-off the series AMERICAN GOTHIC: A TOD BROWNING RETROSPECTIVE, this weekend at The Aero. The two films are the only silents in the series but if you’re into silent films, you’re likely in to classic cinema period and will definitely enjoy the lineup for the rest of the weekend, including Dracula (1931) and the infamous Freaks (1932). Check out the American Cinematheque website for more details.

FRIDAY, May 21st:

  • The Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo is showing the 1927 classic ‘Wings’, starring “it” girl Clara Bow & Gary Cooper, 4 times this weekend so if you’ve got a hankering to see this, this first Academy Award Winning Film, you’ve got some options here. Friday’s screening is at 8:15 in the evening and will be accompanied by the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ. Saturday has tow screenings, one at 2:30 and the other at 8:15.

SUNDAY, May 22nd:

  • At 2 in the afternoon the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse presents “WURLITZIA!”, “featuring some of the nation’s foremost musicians playing on our beautifully restored Wurlitzer Theatre Organ together with a Swing Band, trumpet soloist, vocalist and concert pianist, this very special event brings together Chris Gorsuch, Ken Double, Russ Peck, Laney Wilson and the Temple City High School Gold Jazz Band playing some of the best music from the golden era of swing. All this plus Charlie Chaplin’s Silent Movie Classic The Fireman on the big screen with live accompaniment
  • If I was to pick one DO-NOT-MISS event from all the events going on this weekend, the Egyptian Theatre’s screening of Harold Lloyd’s Girl Shy & Never Weaken would be it. Author John Bengston will be hosting the evening’s screenings and if you don’t know about Mr. Bengston, you’re about to fall in love. Bengston is the author of Silent TracesSilent Echoesand Silent Visions. These books, “examine the historical settings preserved in the background of their [Chaplin, Keaton & Lloyd’s] classic films, and the changes wrought by the ensuing decades”. Having John Bengston presenting these films is a real treat but even more exciting is that, in addition to a book signing, Bengston will be leading a small walking tour pointing out some Harold Lloyd filming locations nearby. He’ll even be pointing out a location right next door at the Pig’n’Whistle that appears in Never Weaken, one of the films showing that night. Chaplin with the chamber orchestra will be a tough one to miss out on but I’d say this is worth the sacrifice. The films showing are fantastic and the opportunity that comes with it is rare. The walking tour begins at 3:45. Also, check out John’s website here.
  • At 6:30 a Charlie Chaplin double feature is screening at UCLA’s Royce Hall. A Chaplin double-header of A Dog’s Life & Shoulder Arms is a great opportunity in and of itself but this evening’s screening will be accompanied by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In A Dog’s Life, the Little Tramp finds companionship with two fellow outcasts – Scraps, a stray mongrel, and a young girl exploited as a hostess in a disreputable dive, The Green Lantern. With Scraps’s help he overcomes two thieves from whom he wins a well-filled wallet, which provides the three with a happy end together. In Shoulder Arms, Charlie is recruited to the “awkward squad.” Posted to the front line in France, he encounters all the privations of trench life – snipers, flood, food rations, solitude, lice and other vermin. He meets a French girl, whom he subsequently rescues from the German troops. After assuming a series of disguises, he manages to hijack the German Kaiser along with the Crown Prince and General von Hindenburg… but then wakes up, still in the “awkward squad.”

She blinded me with silents…

Just a note as to how Silent L.A. works. I blog every now and then but the real feature of this site is the calendar section. If you’re new here, that’s probably where you’ll want to go first. It’s really the whole point of this site: a listing of all the silent movie screenings in the Los Angeles & surrounding Southern California area.

Silent L.A. is also on Twitter so you can stay up to date on screenings that way as well. I usually update the Twitter feed the day-of or the day-before a screening so if you want advance notice, this is the place to be.

I’m also adding other services such as a list of silent films on Netflix and silent films available through YouTube’s “Openflix” channel. Bookmark us, subscribe to us, follow us – do whatever you’ve got to do to not forget about us!

Daniel; the culprit behind Silent Los Angeles

Buster Keaton’s ‘College’ screening in Santa Ana, 6/4/11

The 1927 Buster Keaton feature ‘College’ was just added to the calendar section.

The Orange County Archives and OC Parks present “On Location: Orange County In Silent Film” inspired by Jim Sleeper’s book Shot in Orange County, from May 6 through August 5, 2011 at the Old Orange County Courthouse, 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., 3rd Floor Exhibition Gallery, Santa Ana, CA 92701. Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00, free admission.

In addition to the exhibit, there will be an open house on Saturday, June 4 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., where you can tour the exhibit and the Orange County Archives, then attend a special showing of Buster Keaton in “College”, accompanied on organ by William Campbell. Free admission.

On Wednesday June 15, Brent Walker, author of “Mack Sennett’s Fun Factory” will give a talk.

Special thanks to Bruce Calvert, American Mutoscope and Biograph Co., History for Hire, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Without your help, this exhibit would just have been an interesting idea.

Bashing a bottle of champagne against the site.

Some people impulse buy. They see a candy bar by the checkout register and they buy it. I start websites/blogs on impulse. This is one of those. I saw what Silent London was doing for her part of town and was inspired to do something for this side of the pond, hence Silent L.A.. I’m unsure as to if I’m going to do much blogging/review on this site as I have other sites that I blog on regularly as well.

To use this site, it’s very simple: just click on the “Silent Los Angeles Calendar” tab for a list of films in Los Angeles County and the surrounding area. If you are screening a silent film or know of a silent film here that’s not listed, please do not hesitate to drop me a line and let me know! I’ll include it here.

See you in the funny papers!
~ Daniel