The Silent Treatment

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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!


10/8 - 2PM
$12/free for members

feat. live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick
and special introductory remarks from Mike Feinberg, Film Preservation Manager at Universal

Too oft dismissed as a rehashing of Paul Leni’s (The Man Who Laughs) own film, The Cat and the Canary, The Last Warning is a unique entry in the Universal horror canon, especially in its setting–the heart of Broadway at the peak of theatre season. Brought to exuberant life by Hal Mohr’s cinematography (never ceasing to swoop, shift and explore perspectives), Leni’s German Expressionist roots, and clear parallels to Louis Feuillade’s work, The Last Warning has no real basis in reality–“just reflecting layers of make-believe” (Michael Atkinson).

Dir. Paul Leni, 1929, DCP restoration, 89 min.