United Artists Centennial Retrospective
Through Sept 11. On February 5, 1919, four superstars of the silver screen — Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W. Griffith and Mary Pickford — created a new distribution company with a different approach to business: United Artists. The company would release films funded and created by independent producers, offering them a higher degree of creative autonomy and profit participation than that available from the leading studios of the day like Paramount, Fox and First National. Upon hearing the news, the head of Metro Pictures was reported to say, "The inmates are taking over the asylum." This multipart retrospective presents many of United Artists' most distinctive films, from its silent film origins through the glory days of the 1960s and '70s.