Silent Comedy Rarities from MoMA & Marcel Perez
Double Feature: Silent Comedy Rarities from MoMA with Marcel Perez Comedy Shorts Program
Silent Comedy Rarities from MoMA
An expert selection of silent comedy shorts curated by the duo of Steve Massa and Ben Model, famed for their "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" series at MoMA and their acclaimed DVDs for Undercrank Productions, including The Mishaps of Musty Suffer and the award-winning The Marcel Perez Collection. This program includes silent comedy stars like Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Charley Chase, plus fascinating, nearly forgotten names like Glenn Tryon and Gale Henry (Hal Roach stars) and Sidney Drew (uncle to the Barrymores). MoMA program approx. 116 min, 35mm.
THE GANGSTERS (1913) (with Fatty Arbuckle)
THE PHONEY CANNIBAL (1915) (with Ham Hamilton and Bud Duncan)
GOODNESS GRACIOUS; or, MOVIES AS THEY SHOULDN'T BE (1914) (with Sidney Drew and Clara Kimball Young)
TWO-TIME MAMA (1927) (with Glenn Tryon and Gale Henry)
THE UNEASY THREE (1925) (with Charley Chase)
Marcel Perez Comedy Shorts Program
Marcel Perez is perhaps the best silent film comedian no one's ever heard of. Part of the first generation of screen clowns, his career began in 1900 and flourished until 1928. During that time he helped create the ground rules for the genre in Europe and continued to advance the art form in America. An international favorite, Perez was, along with Max Linder, one of the few direct links between European and American silent comedy, and made more than 200 starring shorts. The obscurity that he's fallen into today is due to the scarcity of his surviving work, complicated by a peripatetic career which included multiple name changes (Robinet, Tweedy, Marcel Fabre, Fernandea Perez, etc.). This program consists of new HD transfers of surviving Perez works, in most cases sourced from their sole surviving print, from the collections of the Library of Congress and the EYE Filmmuseum (Netherlands). Perez program approx. 90 min, DCP.
ROBINET'S WHITE SUIT (1911)
ROBINET IS LOVED TOO MUCH BY HIS WIFE (1912)
ROBINET IS JEALOUS (1914)
A BUSY NIGHT (1916)
SWEET DADDY (1921)
Total double feature runtime approx. 221 min, including a 15-min intermission between the two programs.
No passes accepted.
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