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Beverly Hills Goes Silent
By Staff

<AMPAS - Mary Pickford>

(October 22, 2011 - Beverly Hills, California) If you're a fan of silent movies, Hollywood is the place to be on Monday, November 7th. That's the day the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rolls back the clock 100 years to present A Century Ago: The Films of 1911: Heroes and Heroines. And when the Acadamy says it's turning back the clock, they're not kidding. The films to be presented are not digitized versions and will be presented on a 1909 hand-cranked Power’s Model 6 Cameragraph motion picture machine. In addition the films will be screened with live musical accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. This is the ninth consecutive year the Academy has presented an evening of films from 100 years earlier.

The planned program will spotlight several of the then newly anointed star personalities of the screen whose emergence allowed studios and filmmakers to distinguish and brand their one-reel productions, which were shot in a surprising variety of locations.

A Century Ago: The Films of 1911 will include Mary Pickford in Thomas Ince’s IMP film The Dream, G.M. Anderson in Essanay’s Broncho Billy’s Christmas Dinner, John Bunny and Flora Finch in Vitagraph’s Her Crowning Glory, Kathlyn Williams in the Selig Company’s Lost in the Jungle, Winsor McCay’s first animated film from Vitagraph, Winsor McCay, and a newly preserved print of the Star Film Company’s Billy and His Pal.

Most prints are drawn from the collections of the Academy Film Archive, the British Film Institute, the Library of Congress, the Nederlands Filmmuseum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Tickets for A Century Ago: The Films of 1911 are just $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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