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!


6/11 - 2PM
$12/free for members

As this 35mm print contains the original music & effects track from 1929, The Four Feathers will NOT feature a live score.

By 1929, the talkies had taken off, and box offices were none-the-friendlier to silent films. Despite the circumstances, The Four Feathers–which debuted with music and sound effects only–was a hit; in fact, it was one of the last silent box office hits ever. Directed by the men who would go on to make King Kong, and based on the 1902 A.E.W. Mason novel of the same name, The Four Feathers follows a man who is branded a coward with the titular four white feathers, and subsequently endeavors to disprove the claim. Extravagantly shot partially on location in Africa, and decked out with the best cast Paramount could buy (Fay Wray as the lead), The Four Feathers is assuredly Hollywood history.

Dir. Merian C. Cooper, Lothar Mendes & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1929, 35mm (Courtesy of Universal), 80 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!