Free online this weekend: the Kansas Silent Film Festival!
Join Retroformat for a sneak peek at our upcoming subscription-based library as we feature two comedy gems from the Christie Film Company as part of the Kansas Silent Film Festival on Saturday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. CST / 4:30 p.m. PST!
Retroformat Silent Films is pleased to announce our participation in this year’s virtual Kansas Silent Film Festival. Based in Topeka, KS, the festival has held silent film screenings every February and October since 1997.
Our presentation will offer a special sneak peek at Retroformat’s upcoming subscription-based digital library (to be officially launched in April), featuring two comedies produced by the Christie Film Company, a forgotten giant of the silent film era.
Al Christie and brother Charles Christie produced hundreds of comedy shorts and features, rivaling the outputs of Mack Sennett and Hal Roach. Unfortunately, the Christie films have not been well preserved and are often overlooked.
“Sailor Beware” (1927), directed by William Watson, shows how imaginative Christie comedies could be. The darkly bizarre story revolves around an infected guinea pig that has escaped from a laboratory. Billy Dooley stars as a hapless sailor who, unaware of the news, brings home another guinea pig as a gift for his girlfriend (beautiful Vera Steadman), and incites mass panic!
“Hold Your Breath” (1924) features Dorothy Devore, one of Al Christie’s major comedy stars, as a newspaper reporter out to prove herself, in a pulse-pounding, feminist take on the “thrill comedy” genre pioneered by Harold Lloyd. The film co-stars Walter Heirs, Tully Marshall and Max Davidson, and features great historic footage of Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. Unfortunately, only about half of this feature film is known to have survived, but this 45-minute Kodascope version is a true delight.
Both films will be presented with brand-new, original piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick, Retroformat’s Musical Director and Los Angeles’ premiere live film accompanist.
For a complete schedule of events during this weekend's free virtual Kansas Silent Film Festival, please visit the festival’s website:
Coming Soon from Retroformat:
Future date to be announced:
Harold Lloyd's Safety Last in 35mm, with Suzanne Lloyd in person.
Special Kid's Matinee at 3:00 p.m.!
Evening show at 7:30 p.m. includes Harold Lloyd Home Movies!
Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43
Retroformat Silent Films and the Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43 will present special matinee and evening screenings of Harold Lloyd’s iconic masterpiece Safety Last!
Retroformat Silent Films will present two 35mm screenings of Harold Lloyd’s iconic comedy masterpiece Safety Last! in partnership with the Hollywood Legion Theater at Post 43 Saturday March 28. Our special Kid’s Matinee at 3:00 p.m. will make a perfect introduction for families to silent film comedy.
At the 7:30 p.m. show, Suzanne Lloyd will narrate a special presentation of her grandfather’s home movies. Both screenings will be introduced by Ms. Lloyd, with a discussion to be moderated by Randy Haberkamp, Managing Director of the Foundation and Preservation Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Live piano accompaniment will be provided at both shows by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick.
Safety Last! is the original thrill-comedy by the man who invented the genre. The image of Harold Lloyd dangling from a giant clock over downtown L.A. is one of cinema’s most unforgettable moments, but that’s just one of its many delights. This screening represents a rare opportunity to see it projected in 35mm, its original format, at Hollywood’s breathtaking Legion Theater.
General admission tickets for the evening show are $25.00. Veterans, seniors and students are $20, and children under 12 are discounted at $12.50. Limited VIP tickets are available for $40.00, which includes parking, drinks, tours & more. Matinee prices are $20.00 for general admission and $12.50 for children under 12. Free parking will be available across the street in the lot adjacent to the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Tickets will be available...soon.