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March 26, 1998


— A collection of16 classic films will be accompanied by live piano and organ music to complete the experience.

Travel back in time to the vintage days of cinema at the second annual Silent Film Festival set from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus.

No admission will be charged and participants will have the chance to view 16 classic films. Marvin Faulwell of Independence, Mo., will provide organ accompaniment, and Kansas University professor John Tibbetts, piano accompaniment, during each screening.

Denise Morrison, film archivist at the Kansas City Museum, will present a brief overview of the eras represented as well as an introduction to each film. Films will be shown on a 16mm projector and none will be presented in video format.

The program schedule is:

  • 10 a.m.-noon: "Early Films of Interest" (1895-1918), a compilation of short films made by pioneer filmmakers of France, Great Britain and the United States. The majority are filmed news events on subjects such as the funeral of Queen Victoria (1901), Klondike Gold Rush Fever (1898), the first Wright Brothers flight in France (1908), footage of San Francisco earthquake damage (1906) and a reproduction of a Jim Corbett boxing match (1903).

Other films include "Life of an American Fireman" (1903), an early landmark by Edwin S. Porter, who added a few "acted" scenes of one fireman and his family to footage of actual fire fighting; "Gertie the Dinosaur" (1914), an achievement for popular cartoonist turned filmmaker, Winsor McCay; "Cops" (1922), starring Buster Keaton, with Virginia Fox and Joe Roberts; "Creation" ( 1930), test footage by Willis O'Brien for a film never completed.; and "The Lost World" (1925), starring Bessie Love, Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Lloyd Hughes.

  • 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: "The Rink" (1916) and "Easy Street" (1917), starring Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell; "The Mark of Zorro" (1920), starring Douglas Fairbanks, Marguerite de la Motte, Noah Beery and Robert McKim; "The Battle" (1911), a film by D.W. Griffith featuring Lionel Barrymore, Donald Crisp, Robert Harron and Blanche Sweet; "The Battle of Elderbush Gulch" (1914), a D.W. Griffith film featuring Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Lionel Barrymore, Harry Carey, Blanche Sweet and Henry B. Walthall; "Heart O' The Hill" (1919; 70 mins.), starring Mary Pickford, Allan Sears, Claire McDowell, Sam de Grasse and Jack Gilbert.
  • 7 p.m.-10 p.m.: "Liberty" (1929), starring Laurel and Hardy, James Finlayson, Tom Kennedy and Jean Harlow; "Son of the Sheik" (1926), starring Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky and Montagu Love; "Hot Water" (1924), a humorous clip from a full length comedy featuring Harold Lloyd; and "Safety Last" (1923), the film most movie goers associate with the legend Lloyd.

For more information about the Silent Film Festival, call Jim Rhodes, (785) 233-2040.

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