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Silent film fans, the time has come to rejoice! Now on the second Saturday of every month, get ready to receive The Silent Treatment: our ongoing series of artfully chosen feature films from all corners of the pre-sound era — choice picks that are rarely screened theatrically, or are not available on DVD! Curated by film archivists/TST Newsletter publishers Brandee Cox and Steven Hill, The Silent Treatment showcases a wide variety of early cinema in the best available formats for film lovers with an enthusiastic and adventurous spirit. For breaking news on what films/special guests will be on tap for future shows, check out TST’s Facebook fan page! In addition, get the lowdown on all your favorite silent stars and filmmakers with TST’s bi-monthly digest, available for free download at the Silent Treatment website!

THE SILENT TREATMENT: Frank Capra's "Submarine"

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5/16 - 2PM
$12/free for members

While Frank Capra (It Happened One Night, It’s A Wonderful Life) was one of the early sound era’s first great innovators, never forget that he was first schooled in purely visual storytelling. When watching his earliest works, you can see the endless directions this talented young man was capable of traveling in; he clearly had the “touch,” with his flair for comedy (in directing Harry Langdon’s greatest hits), melodrama (as seen in the incredibly dark and powerful The Way Of The Strong), and adventure blockbusters like this red-blooded tale. Navy man Jack Reagon (Jack Holt) falls for and marries dance-hall girl Bessie (Dorothy Revier), an indecisive lass who can’t adjust to matrimony. Natch, a love affair starts between Bessie and Reagon’s longtime Navy pal Bob Mason (Ralph Graves), who later becomes trapped underwater in a sunken submarine — and it’s up to Jack to put aside his anger to save his friend’s life. So successful was Submarine that Capra re-teamed with Holt and Graves for two more romantic-triangle rescue dramas: his early talkies Flight (1929) and Dirigible (1931).
Dir. Frank Capra, 1928, 35mm, 93 min.

Watch an excerpt from “Submarine”!
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