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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: Harold Lloyd in "The Freshman"

4/11 - 2PM
$12/free for members

Widely regarded as silent clown extraordinaire Harold Lloyd’s masterpiece, The Freshman was hugely popular upon its 1920s release, and is also a scathing satire of what was then a curious pop culture fad: inter-est in the “college life.” Skewering his usual “everyman” persona, Lloyd plays a middle-class kid obsessed not with career, but with becoming a Big Man On Campus. Once enrolled at Tate College, his inability to hit that lofty social mark is an expert mix of comedy and pathos. Eager to get recognition of any kind, Lloyd zeroes in on an impossible goal: to lead the school’s football team to victory for its final big game. As usual, the film is worth seeing for its epic setpieces alone: a superbly choreographed number in which Lloyd’s falling-apart cheap suit is constantly re-stitched by his stealthy tailor during a college dance, and the climactic football game (partially filmed at the Pasadena Rose Bowl!)
Dirs. Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, 1925, DCP, 76 min.

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