Feel the ‘Power’ of silents this Saturday   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2013.01.07 at 03:33

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As in “Power,” the 1928 Pathe comedy featuring Carole Lombard (on loan from Mack Sennett) in a small role (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/552812.html), as well as Joan Bennett in her movie debut. If you’re in the Bay Area, you can check it out at a venue that drips with cinematic history.

It’s the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum (http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org) in the East Bay town of Fremont…and 2013 marks the centennial for the Edison Theater that houses the museum, a year after the centenary of the Essanay film studio, home to early western legend “Broncho Billy” Anderson as well as Charlie Chaplin for a brief time. Silents are shown at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday (the museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays), and this upcoming Saturday, “Power” (starring William Boyd and Alan Hale Sr.) gets the nod.

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What was that single scene that bode well for “Carol-of-the-curves” (and note Pathe is already referring to her as “Carol,” whereas she used the “e” in her name at both Fox and Sennett)? You’ll be able to find out in a charming little theater that was rehabilitated several years ago. (And as we all know, Lombard would be dismissed from “Dynamite” after only a few days’ shooting.)

There are several other terrific programs coming up at the Edison (including a 1923 version of “Anna Christie” starring Blanche Sweet), and you can learn about them at http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org/movies.htm.

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Posted January 7, 2013 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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