Tickets are available now for
Antonio Moreno and
Lionel Barrymore in
The Temptress (1926)
Coming Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. to Lumiere Music Hall Cinema, 9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California
The Temptress (1926) is a testament to the brilliance of silent cinema, starring the incomparable Greta Garbo in her second American film. Directed by Fred Niblo, this cinematic gem transports audiences into a world of passion, intrigue, and undeniable charisma.
The heart of The Temptress lies in Greta Garbo's mesmerizing performance. Only 20, Garbo is simply, spectacularly beautiful. But her talents extend far beyond her striking appearance. A contemporary Photoplay reviewer wrote, "Look back and think if you can of any actress who had made a more profound impression than Greta Garbo in but one picture. You can't. Neither can I."
In The Temptress, Garbo portrays a character who is alluring and enigmatic, with a hint of vulnerability beneath her facade of confidence. As the plot unfolds, her nuanced performance draw viewers into a world of forbidden desires and hidden agendas. Her performance transcends language, speaking through subtle gestures and expressions, showcasing her as one of the finest actresses of her generation.
The storyline transports us from extravagant Parisian masked balls, a dramatic suicide during a banquet, and clandestine romance in a park, to the rugged landscapes of Argentina for a thrilling duel of honor involving whips, acts of sabotage, and catastrophic floods, all portrayed with impressive visual effects. The film's visuals are a testament to the brilliant craftsmanship of the silent film era.
A shocking spectacle for 1926, the gory whip scene is one of many highlights of The Temptress. It’s hard to imagine a more savage encounter between hero and villain. Antonio Moreno, one of the original Latin Lovers, delivers a standout performance as the male lead.
Directed by Fred Niblo, renowned for his work on Ben-Hur (1925), Blood and Sand (1922) and The Mark of Zorro (1920), The Temptress is a masterclass in visual storytelling. Niblo's direction infuses each scene with a sense of grandeur and drama.
With stunning visuals and thrilling plot twists, The Temptress remains both a testament to Greta Garbo's unparalleled talent and a shining example of the artistry and allure of silent cinema. Don’t miss this rare chance to see it on the big screen of the Lumiere Music Hall Cinema, with brilliant live music by a master of live film accompaniment, Cliff Retallick.
Coming soon to the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood:
Traffic in Souls (1914)
Directed by George Loane Tucker, Traffic in Souls is the ahead-of-its time exploitation film that made Universal Pictures a major studio.
A groundbreaking silent drama and a huge hit in its day, Traffic in Souls (1913) delves into the harrowing depths of forced prostitution in the United States. Directed by the visionary George Loane Tucker and produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, its story is set against the backdrop of bustling New York City, capturing some of the essence of early 20th-century America.
Partially filmed “guerrilla style” on location at iconic sites such as Ellis Island and Manhattan, the movie sheds light on the plight of immigrant women and others who found themselves ensnared in the dark world of prostitution. Released during a period of moral upheaval, the film ignited conversations about the exploitation of women and the urgent need for reform. The film was passed by the National Board of Review as suggesting methods of controlling prostitution.
Through skillful cinematography, Traffic in Souls draws audiences into the heart of its narrative. One of the film's most striking features is its innovative use of camera movement.
Don't miss the opportunity to experience this cinematic gem firsthand. Join us for a special screening of "Traffic in Souls," where you'll be transported to a bygone era that witnessed the birth of a new cinematic language.
DID YOU KNOW?
All Retroformat screenings at the Woman’s Club of Hollywood are projected from 16mm film. Most of these beautiful prints are provided courtesy of the University of Southern California HMH Moving Image Archive, which holds thousands of rare films donated by private collectors over the years. This amazing collection also provides source material for the Retroformat Vault. Many of these prints have not been projected in decades.
Many of the films listed below are now available for online viewing! See our Retroformat Vault page for details, or click on the button below to go directly to the Retroformat Vault and become a member:
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2024 AT 5:00 P.M. AT THE LUMIERE CINEMA AT THE MUSIC HALL, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
THE PATSY (1928)
WITH LIVE MUSIC BY
NOTE CHANGE OF TIME! This screening will take place on January 28 at 5:00 p.m.
The screening will be introduced by Lara Gabrielle, author of the book Captain of Her Soul: The Life of Marion Davies, who will also be available to sign copies of her book.
Marion Davies delivers a tearfully funny performance in her first collaboration with director King Vidor, The Patsy (1928), costarring the equally brilliant Marie Dressler.
William Randolph Hearst may have wanted her to act in dramas, but we are fortunate that she went against his wishes, teaming with King Vidor to create this unforgettable comedic masterpiece. The first screwball comedienne, Marion Davies reinvented herself with this film.
Sharing the spotlight in The Patsy is the formidable Marie Dressler, a force to be reckoned with in every scene. Portraying the mother of Davies' character, Dressler's comedic and dramatic timing foreshadows the greatness she would later be known for in talkies.
King Vidor, known for directing dramatic classics like The Big Parade (1925) and The Crowd (1928), proved his versatility by crafting a film that can be compared to the works of comedy legends such as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd. The physical comedy in The Patsy is pure gold, a testament to King Vidor’s impeccable direction and the perfect synergy of the cast. The Patsy stands as one of the wittiest, craziest, and quirkiest films of its time.
Don't miss the chance to witness the comedic brilliance of Marion Davies and Marie Dressler in this unforgettable silent film experience. Coming Sunday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m. to the Lumiere Cinema at the Music Hall. Tickets are available now!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2024 AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE WOMAN'S CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD, 1749 N. LaBrea Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Free parking!
BLOOD AND SAND (1922)
WITH LIVE MUSIC BY
BOOK SIGNING ADDED! We are pleased to announce that Rosanne Welch, editor of When Women Wrote Hollywood: Essays on Female Screenwriters in the Early Film Industry, will be on hand to sign copies of her book, a collection of 23 essays focusing on the lives of female screenwriters of Golden Age of Hollywood. Ms. Welch will be joined by several of the essayists who contributed chapters. The essays trace the careers of Blood and Sand screenwriter June Mathis, as well as Anita Loos, Adela Rogers St. John, Lillian Hellman, Gene Gauntier, Eve Unsell and many more.
Due to popular demand, we are repeating our screening of the Rudolph Valentino classic from last month at the Lumiere Music Hall! On January 6 at 7:30 p.m., come to the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood for a cinematic treat from the Golden Age of Hollywood…
As compelling in real life as the characters he brought to life on the silver screen, Valentino captured hearts worldwide with his unparalleled charisma and talent. His untimely passing in 1926 at age 31 sent shockwaves around the globe, and half the world mourned his loss.
The ensemble cast delivers a performance that showcases the power of non-verbal communication. Nita Naldi sizzles as the conniving temptress Doña Sol, and her magnetic allure is matched by Lila Lee as Juan Gallardo’s suffering wife.
Blood and Sand delves into the dark facets of society, man's penchant for self-destruction, and the cruelty and lust that often accompany fame. Director Fred Niblo (Sex, The Mark of Zorro, Ben Hur) masterfully guides you through this cinematic journey, infusing exuberance and an eerie sensuality into the story. His careful pacing is both mesmerizing and emotionally charged.
The film's editor, Dorothy Arzner, later became the first woman to join the Directors Guild of America, and the first woman to direct a sound film. Her innovative blending of stock bull-fighting footage with studio-filmed scenes set new standards (and saved the studio a lot of money).
Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience Blood and Sand on the big screen, with live music by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick... We can't wait to share this cinematic adventure with you.
Reserve your seats now and join us at the Woman's Club of Hollywood on January 6, 2024 at 7:30 p.m., for an evening of unparalleled entertainment!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2023 AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE WOMAN'S CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD, 1749 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920)
WITH LIVE MUSIC BY
Join us for a spectacular screening of the first American full length horror film, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), featuring an extraordinary performance by John Barrymore, often hailed as "The Great Profile," in a dual role that showcases his exceptional acting prowess. With brilliant live music by Cliff Retallick, at the Woman's Club of Hollywood on Saturday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m.
John Barrymore, known at the time as a matinée idol, delivers a tour de force performance that stands the test of time. His contortions during the transformation from handsome Dr. Jekyll into the bent-over, hideously ugly and cruel Mr. Hyde are truly mesmerizing, and remain haunting even after all these years. It's clear that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was more than just an assignment for him; it was a labor of love.
But there's more to this film than just Barrymore's brilliance. It envelops you in a chilling atmosphere of Victorian melodrama, and Martha Mansfield, in one of her earliest leading screen roles, adds a captivating presence that enhances the film's allure.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to witness cinematic history unfold on the big screen. Experience the magic of silent cinema with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and let John Barrymore's unparalleled performance send shivers down your spine.
Get your tickets now for an evening of suspense, drama, and pure cinematic artistry that you won't soon forget.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2023 IN BRAND PARK, GLENDALE/6:00 P.M.
100TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING!
HAROLD LLOYD'S CLASSIC
SAFETY LAST! (1923)
WITH LIVE MUSIC BY
Safety Last! ( 1923) is THE classic thrill-comedy comedy by the man who invented the genre. Harold Lloyd will forever be remembered as the king of daredevil comedy. People otherwise unfamiliar with Lloyd know the image of him dangling from the hands of a giant clock over downtown Los Angeles.
Retroformat is proud to join with the Alex Film Society, Glendale Community Services & Parks, the Glendale Historical Society and Brand Associates to bring you Harold Lloyd's Safety Last! (1923) in observance of its 100th anniversary, with live music by our Musical Director Cliff Retallick, on Sunday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m.. A "thrill-comedy" masterpiece, Safety Last! will be introduced by Harold Lloyd's granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd, in person.
Bring your picnic items, blankets and chairs, and see Safety Last! as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen, with live music, at our fabulous outdoor event. And bring some extra napkins, because we guarantee your palms will get sweaty watching this suspense-filled, hilarious classic.
Sunday, October 22 at 6:00 p.m., on the lawn of the Doctors House Museum & Gazebo in Brand Park, 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91201. Admission is free... Mark your calendars now!
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2023 AT THE WOMAN'S CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD/7:30 P.M.
THE LOST WORLD (1915)
THE ORIGINAL STOP MOTION ANIMATION CLASSIC, WITH LIVE MUSIC BY CLIFF RETALLICK, INTRODUCED BY AUTHOR AND BROADCASTER MANNY PACHECO
The Lost World is the original 1925 silent fantasy giant monster adventure film, adapted from Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel of the same name. Starring Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lewis Stone and Lloyd Hughes.
Great fun to watch, and one of the most influential silent films, The Lost World features amazing pioneering special effects by Willis O'Brien. O'Brien's work on this film was not surpassed in importance until eight years later in another of his creations: King Kong (1933).
The Lost World was adapted for the screen by one of the most successful female writers of the Silent Era, Marion Fairfax (1875 - 1970), who not only brilliantly adapted Arthur Conan Doyle’s story for the screen, but supervised the editing of the film as well.
The screening will be introduced by Southern California television and radio personality Manny Pacheco, author of the celebrated Forgotten Hollywood Book Series and host of the weekly podcast Manny Pacheco's Forgotten Hollywood on Spotify. Manny will discuss author Arthur Conan Doyle's stranger-than-fiction life as an author and occultist, stop motion animation pioneer Willis O'Brien's life and legacy, and the silent film careers of Wallace Beery, Bessie Love, Lewis Stone and Arthur Hoyt.
In 1998, The Lost World was deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
JUNE 18, 2O23 AT THE road theatre of north hollywood/ 7:30 P.M.
AN ALL-STAR COMEDY REVIEW FOR FATHER'S DAY!
WITH LIVE MUSIC BY CLIFF RETALLICK
Join us for a special Retroformat Silent Films/Road Theatre Company co-presentation of an All-Star Comedy Review for Father's Day, June 18th at 7:30 PM, featuring Chaplin's The Vagabond (1917), Buster Keaton's Cops (1923) and Laurel and Hardy's Liberty (1927) with original, live music by Cliff Retallick!
The Vagabond (1917) is one of Charlie Chaplin's most beloved short films, innovatively combining comedy and drama almost as powerfully as in any of his finest features. Bring your hankies!
In Cops (1923), Buster Keaton created one of his greatest works, ending with a brilliant chase scene involving an entire police force against one incredibly agile, lone man.
Liberty (1927) ranks as one of Laurel and Hardy's funniest - and most thrilling - movies, as the beloved pair becomes stuck at the top of a skyscraper under construction. Not for the faint at heart!
All Retroformat/Road Theatre presentations are projected from real 16mm film.
JUNE 10, 2O23 AT THE WOMAN'S CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD/ 7:30 P.M.
WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY (1919)
WITH LIVE MUSIC BY CLIFF RETALLICK
Don't miss this chance to see Douglas Fairbanks in When the Clouds Roll By (1919), directed by Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind), at the Woman's Club of Hollywood. With live, original music by Cliff Retallick. EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
One of the best movies you've probably never seen, When the Clouds Roll By is little-known gem. In one of his last films in a modern setting, Douglas Fairbanks plays Daniel Boone Browne, whom the mad Dr. Metz (Herbert Grimwood) hilariously tries to drive to suicide through psychological manipulation.
Spoofing the "new" psychoanalysis craze, this film is loaded with bizarre ideas, including a wild dream sequence featuring Doug climbing the walls and walking across the ceiling, an effect borrowed thirty years later by Stanley Donen and Fred Astaire for their famous "dancing on the ceiling" number in Royal Wedding. This all leads to a great storm scene, which many believe was a direct inspiration for the cyclone sequence in Buster Keaton's Steamboat Bill, Jr.
MAY 20TH, 2023 AT THE WOMAN's CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD / 7:30 P.M.
ARE PARENTS PEOPLE? (1925)
WITH LIVE MUSIC BY CLIFF RETALLICK
A FLAPPER-ERA PARAMOUNT STUDIOS COMEDY STARRING BETTY BRONSON (PETER PAN), FLORENCE VIDOR, ADOLPHE MENJOU, WITH LIVE MUSIC BY CLIFF RETALLICK
Betty Bronson (star of 1924’s ‘Peter Pan’) is delightful as a resourceful teenager who schemes how to get her divorcing parents back together. Adolphe Menjou and Florence Vidor as her father and mother show why they were two of the most popular actors of the 1920’s, and the film is crisply directed by Malcolm St. Clair.
Betty Bronson had been picked from the ranks of Paramount bit players by author J.M. Barrie himself to play Peter Pan in the 1924 Paramount film adaptation of his famous children’s book, beating out Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and virtually every young actress in Hollywood. Her enormous success in that role was immediately followed by this delightful performance. Bronson’s acting career continued for decades.
With live music by Retroformat Musical Director Cliff Retallick.
All Retroformat Screenings at The Woman’s Club of Hollywood are projected from 16mm film. Print provided through the kindness of the University of Southern California HMH Moving Image Archive.
APRIL 16th, 2023 AT THE ROAD THEATRE
STEAMBOAT BILL, JR. (1928)
APRIL 8TH, 2023 AT THE WOMEN'S CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD
JANUARY 14th, 2023 AT THE WOMEN'S CLUB OF HOLLYWOOD
THE SOCIAL SECRETARY (1916)