Silent Classics with Musical Accompaniment by Ben Model on the Cinema’s Miditzer Theater Organ!
(Long Island, NY) Superstar Constance Talmadge plays dual roles as twin sisters, one plain and the other glamorous, whose plan to save the plain sister’s marriage by switching places spins wildly out of control in this witty and sophisticated romantic comedy. With live organ accompaniment by MoMA’s Ben Model, HER SISTER FROM PARIS screens on Tuesday, July 31 at 7:30pm in the Anything But Silent series at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave, Huntington 631-423-7610 www.CinemaArtsCentre.org http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/her-sister-from-paris/
$9 Members / $14 Public / Tickets can be purchased online, www.CinemaArtsCentre.org at the box office during theatre hours or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
The Talmadge sisters were Hollywood superstars during the silent film era. Norma was the serious actress, and Natalie was mostly known for being married to Buster Keaton, but it is sparkling comedienne Constance Talmadge who is now considered the greatest of the three. Her witty, sophisticated, and very funny comedies remain as fresh and fun as they were in the 1920s. In the sparkling Her Sister from Paris, she gets to play two roles as twin sisters whose lives get wildly intertwined. Helen is an American expatriate in Austria whose marriage is in trouble. Her husband, Joseph (Ronald Colman), increasingly takes her for granted. Everything changes when her more glamorous twin sister Lola, a professional dancer in Paris, arrives to perform in Vienna. Lola convinces Helen to impersonate her in order to seduce Joseph, at the same time that his best friend also happens to be pursuing Lola. Their plan proves wildly successful, but how far can the dupe go?! Sidney Franklin‘s fast-paced direction, combined with Connie Talmadge and Ronald Colman‘s delightful performances, results in a wonderful romantic comedy.
(USA, 1925, 70 min., b/w, 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress)
Ben Model is one of the USA’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silents at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the past 27 years. Ben co-curated MoMA’s “Cruel and Unusual Comedy”series and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle retrospective, and also curated Shout!Factory’s new “Ernie Kovacs Collection” DVD box set. A five-time recipient of the Meet The Composer grant, Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 14th season in NYC. Ben’s recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD releases from Kino Video and others. Ben’s composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands.
Since 1973, presenting the best U.S., International, Independent & Repertory films on 3 screens 365 days of the year, in a comfortable ambience including the sculpture garden & The Sky Room Café, the Cinema Arts Centre is located at 423 Park Ave (just south of 25a), Huntington, NY 11743 (25 miles east of New York City). Admission for regular programs: $11.00. Discounts for members, seniors, students & children. CAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. For further information call 631-423-7611. To sign up for weekly email schedule: info@CinemaArtsCentre.org Membership and Schedule: www.cinemaartscentre.org/
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