THE SILENT TREATMENT: "Breakfast at Sunrise" (1927) and "Camille" (1927)

As the Roaring Twenties raged on, silent star Constance Talmadge was a titan in the field of light romantic comedy — while, at the same time, her sister Norma was equally dominant playing dramatic leads in some of the most opulent productions of the day. Together, the Talmadge sisters (along with third sister Natalie, who would go on to wed Buster Keaton) were an unstoppable force in the picture business — and tonight, we celebrate their dazzling legacy with a double feature of seriously rare 35mm Talmadge-mania. First up, Connie — who first shot to success in D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance — stars alongside Latin lover Don Alvarado in the sophistico ode Breakfast At Sunrise. And, after intermission, it’s Norma in the classic 1926 romance Camille, a picture which marked the first of many collaborations with co-star/paramour Gilbert Roland. Tonight’s screening of Camille is extra-special, for it comes from the only known surviving print! Live music track by resident Cinefamily accompanist Cliff Retallick.
Breakfast at Sunrise Dir. Malcolm St. Clair, 1927, 35mm, 62 min. (Archival print courtesy of the Library of Congress)
Camille Dir. Fred Niblo, 1927, 35mm, 53 min. (NOTE: print contains only known surviving, shortened version — as the original-length version is considered a “lost” film.)