18th Annual Silent Film Gala: Old Favorites, New Live Music!
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The last date listed for 18th Annual Silent Film Gala was Saturday June 2, 2007 / 8:00pm.
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Featured review from Amy C.
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The event was great---approximately 1400 people laughing together at silent comedy geniuses Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. It's always powerful to see a silent movie with a 40 piece orchestra, and the music was wonderful for the two films shown. I highly encourage everyone to come out to next year's gala---it's well worth it to see a silent film in a beautiful theater (Royce Hall---with its fabulous restoration), with excellent orchestral accompaniment, and a crowd that fully supports film preservation.
This year the event includes an outrageously hilarious double feature: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Pilgrim” (about a convict gone straight…) and Buster Keaton’s “Sherlock Jr.” (a projectionist turns sleuth). Timothy Brock conducts the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. “Sherlock Jr.” will feature the world premiere of a new score that Brock has written for the occasion.
Dustin Hoffman, Honorary Chairman
Hanna M. Kennedy and Roger L. Mayer, Co-Chairmen
“The Pilgrim” (1923)
_Written, produced and Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Starring Charlie Chaplin with Edna Purviance, Sydney Chaplin and Dean Riesner_
“The Pilgrim” is one of Charlie Chaplin’s richest feature length films. In it, he plays an escaped convict who poses as the new minister of a small Texas town. Among the many highlights in this fast-paced comedy, is Charlie’s celebrated sermon on the story of David and Goliath. For many critics, “The Pilgrim” is one of the most outstanding Chaplin comedies. 50 minutes. Music by Charlie Chaplin.
“Sherlock Jr.” (1924)
_Produced by Joseph M. Schenck, Directed by Buster Keaton
Starring Buster Keaton with Kathryn McGuire and Joe Keaton_
“Sherlock Jr.” is one of Buster Keaton’s most famous and influential comedies, a dazzling showcase of his cinematic skills. In the story of a cinema projectionist turned amateur sleuth, Keaton’s exploits create awe-inspiring stunts and mind-boggling visual gags.45 Minutes. World Premiere of music by Timothy Brock.