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Silent Sundays - Sept. 2014

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airs Sun., 9-7

 

12:00 am ET
78 min
drama

In this silent film, a black schoolteacher finds the battle against racism is everywhere when she goes North to raise money for better schools.

DirOscar Micheaux CastEvelyn Preer , Flo Clements , James D. Ruffin .

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Oscar Micheaux. Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin, Jack Chenault, William Smith, Charles D. Lucas.

"Controversial, no-holds-barred racial drama, which, along with Micheaux's THE SYMBOL OF THE UNCONQUERED, counterpoints Griffith's THE BIRTH OF A NATION. Story focuses on light-skinned Preer's various entanglements and efforts to raise money for an all-black school. Despite the melodramatic and sometimes confusing narrative, Micheaux pointedly lambastes not only white racism but blacks who forsake their roots. The lynching scenes are undeniably powerful. Restored from a print found in Spain, with one sequence missing."

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airs Sun., 9-21

 

12:00 am ET
88 min
silent
Torrent (1926)

In this silent film, a Spanish country girl moves to Paris to become an opera star.

DirMonta Bell CastRicardo Cortez , Greta Garbo , Gertrude Olmsted .
LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Monta Bell. Ricardo Cortez, Greta Garbo, Gertrude Olmstead, Edward Connelly, Lucien Littlefield, Tully Marshall, Mack Swain.

"Garbo stars in her first American film as a Spanish peasant girl who becomes a famous prima donna after being deserted by nobleman Cortez, whose life is ruled by his mother. A still entertaining tale of lost love, based on a Blasco-Ibanez novel."

 

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airs Sun., 9-28

 

12:00 am ET
137 min
silent

In this silent film, a European nobleman courts the wealthy American widow he once loved to save his bankrupt homeland,

DirErich von Stroheim CastMae Murray , John Gilbert , Roy D'Arcy .

LEONARD MALTIN REVIEW:

D: Erich von Stroheim. Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Roy D'Arcy, Tully Marshall, Josephine Crowell.

"A playboy prince (Gilbert) falls in love with an American showgirl (Murray). Lavish, well-produced silent version of the Franz Lehar operetta is probably von Stroheim's most "normal'' film, though he still manages to inject his usual bizarre touches (including a character with a foot fetish). See if you can spot young Clark Gable as an extra. Remade twice."

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