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Alamo Drafthouse hosts three days of silent films

Festival will feature nine productions covering range of genres


Alamo Drafthouse, located at Aspen Grove in Littleton, will again host The Denver Silent Film Festival.

The 2017 version is organized by film educator Howie Movshovitz and will be held April 28-30.Movshovitz said he is especially happy about the range in this year’s selection of nine films, ranging from comedy to serious drama to delightful eccentricity.

Three of them feature state-of-the-art 2K digital restorations. Screenings will be accompanied by live musical performance.

This is where our films of today began …

Films vary from Chaplin and Keaton to “Nanook of the North” amd “Faust” and “Stella Dallas.” Tickets cost $12 each or $99 for a weekend pass — available at Alamo Drafthouse, drafthouse.com/denver or denversilentfilmfestival.org.


• April 28, 7 p.m. — “Steamboat Bill Jr.” with Buster Keaton and Charles Reisner, about a young dandy and his riverboat owner father in the old South. Newly restored. (70 minutes). Preceded by “Back Stage,” with Buster Keaton and Al St. John (26 minutes). Newly restored.

• April 29, noon — “Sparrows,” 1926, William Baudine with Mary Pickford in a pastoral melodrama, with escape through the swamp ... 16mm (93 minutes).

• April 29, 4 p.m. — “Faust,” 1926, F.W. Murnau, 16mm. Accompanied by Donald Sosin and the UCD Student Orchestra. Ancient story about a man giving himself to the devil. Made in Germany, with German Expressionist sets.

• April 29, 7:30 p.m. — “Master of the House/Du skal aere din hustru,” 1925, Carl Theodore Dreyer (107 minutes). Man who needs “fixing” and his old nanny, who takes charge.

• April 30, 10 a.m. — “Nanook of the North,” 1921, Robert Flaherty (78 minutes). A title we’re familiar with, but may not have seen. Documentary/ethnography, a look at human struggle against nature. Restoration.

• April 30, 3 p.m. — Student-made shorts, created since January, incorporating live music.

• April 30, 5 p.m. — “Stella Dallas,” 1925, Henry King, 16mm (110 minutes). First filmed version of Olive Higgins Prouty’s novel.

• April 30, 8 p.m. — “He Who Gets Slapped,” 1924, Victor Seastrom, 1924, 16mm struck from original nitrate from Jon Mirales (95 minutes). Features Lon Chaney, Norma Shearer, John Gilbert. About a resentful clown (Chaney).


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