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Silent film fans, the time has come to rejoice! Now on the first 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: Valley of the Giants

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5/3 - 2PM
$12/free for members

A great example of the directorial talents of Charles Brabin, a husband to silent siren Theda Bara who paid his dues in Thomas Edison’s early film studio before blossoming in the world of serials, and eventually landing the gig of helming Ben-Hur (until he was replaced directly before shooting.) No campy monster mash with 50-foot meanies, Valley of the Giants is a tempestuous, sweeping tale eventually told several times over cinema’s early history, including Kirk Douglas’s Fifties treatment The Big Trees. Here, playing the son of a lumber baron, Milton Sills returns from Europe to his lush, Sequoia-laden home in Humboldt, to find that his father’s gone blind, a business competitor wants to destroy the family business — and that the competitor’s niece is emerging as his true love. Full of both eye candy in the form of startling Northern California location photography in, and crackling chemistry between Sills and his real-life spouse Doris Kenyon.
Dir. Charles Brabin, 1927, 35mm, 70 min. (Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive)

THE SILENT TREATMENT: Joan Crawford in "Our Modern Maidens"

6/7 - 5PM
$12/free for members

Description coming soon…
Dir. Jack Conway, 1929, 35mm, 76min.

Watch an excerpt from “Our Modern Maidens”!
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