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WHY BE GOOD? (1929) Screening in LA on Saturday!


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Saturday, September 6, 2014 | 7:30 pm LACMA, Bing Theater in Los Angeles California! There will be additional screenings coming up throughout the Fall around the country.

 

http://www.lacma.org/event/why-be-good

 

Why Be Good?
 
Saturday, September 6, 2014 | 7:30 pm
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U.S. Restoration Premiere
1929, 90 minutes, black and white, DCP

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Directed by William A. Seiter; written by Carey Wilson; with Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing, John Sainpolis, Edward Martindel, Eddie Clayton, Lincoln Stedman.

In her final silent film, Colleen Moore plays a wild flapper with a dubious reputation, who, after a vivacious night of dancing, finds herself romantically linked to her boss's son. Why Be Good? contains a Vitaphone soundtrack with sound effects and synchronized music, chiefly hot jazz and 1920s dance music played by such period greats as Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Napoleon, Joe Venuti, and Eddie Lang. The big-budgeted film, filled with beautiful art deco sets, features a young Jean Harlow as a prominent dress extra. Long believed to be a lost film, it was rediscovered though the perseverance of film historian Joseph Yranski and Ron Hutchinson, the founder of the Vitaphone Project. The search began when Yranski interviewed Moore, who told him that a copy of the film survived in an Italian film archive. Hutchinson was able to find the 16" Vitaphone discs containing the soundtrack, and the task of locating the missing picture began. Gian Luca Farinelli of Cineteca di Bologna contacted Matteo Pavesi of Cineteca Italiana di Milano, who graciously allowed access to the 35mm nitrate dupe negative for the restoration at L’Immagine Ritrovata in conjunction with Warner Bros.

Presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences'  ongoing series at LACMA.

LACMA, Bing Theater 
$3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with valid ID | $5 general public 

Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online.
Plan Your Visit

 

 

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U.S. Restoration Premiere

In her final silent film, Colleen Moore plays a wild flapper with a dubious reputation, who, after a vivacious night of dancing, finds herself romantically linked to her boss’s son. Why Be Good? contains a Vitaphone soundtrack with sound effects and synchronized music, chiefly hot jazz and Twenties dance music played by such period greats as Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Napoleon, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. The big-budgeted film, filled with beautiful art deco sets, features a young Jean Harlow as a prominent dress extra.

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Collette Merton, Colleen Moore and an unidentified woman in WHY BE GOOD? (1929)

Long believed to be a lost film, it was rediscovered though the perseverance of film historian Joseph Yranski and Ron Hutchinson, the founder of the Vitaphone Project. The search began when Yranski interviewed Moore, who told him that a copy of the film survived in an Italian film archive. Hutchinson was able to find the 16” Vitaphone discs containing the soundtrack, and the task of locating the missing picture began. Gian Luca Farinelli of Cineteca di Bologna contacted Matteo Pavesi of Cineteca Italiana di Milano, who graciously allowed access to the 35mm nitrate dupe negative for the restoration at L’Immagine Ritrovata in conjunction with Warner Bros.

1929, 90 minutes, black and white, DCP | Directed by William A. Seiter; written by Carey Wilson; with Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing, John Sainpolis, Edward Martindel, Eddie Clayton, Lincoln Stedman.

 

Event Information

 

Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 pm Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
TICKETS $5 general admission $3 Academy members and students with a valid ID.
  Tickets will be available starting Monday, August 25 at 10 a.m. Order Tickets Online
 
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