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April 6
Royal Cinema 608 College St.
7pm $15

Sherlock Holmes 1916 Canadian Restoration Premiere
Director: Arthur Berthelet  
Starring: William Gillette, Marjorie Kay, Ernest Maupain
b/w with tinting

“One of the Holy Grails of lost films”
“The image quality of the restored Sherlock Holmes is astonishing, and today’s viewers are being treated to a better-looking film than even the original audience experienced.”-Robert Byrne, San Francisco Silent Film Festival  

“In 1916, with over a thousand performances of his theatrical hit Sherlock Holmes behind him, Gillette traveled to Chicago’s Essanay Studios to shoot the movie adaptation. It would be his first and last performance in a feature film. Sherlock Holmes packs enough action, intrigue, and humor to show even skeptical modern viewers how delightful an early feature film can be. From the “lowest and vilest alleys in London” to the “lonely houses” of the countryside, characters rove the smoky, burnished universe of Doyle’s canon, instantly familiar to a century’s worth of readers. The film faithfully retains the play’s famous set pieces—Holmes’s encounter with Professor Moriarty, his daring escape from the Stepney Gas Chamber, and the tour-de-force deductions. It also illustrates how Gillette, who wrote the adaptation himself, wove bits from Conan Doyle’s stories ranging from “A Scandal in Bohemia” to “The Final Problem,” into an original, innovative mystery play.
Gillette made Holmes real in a way that satisfied legions of fans. As Orson Welles remarked, “It is too little to say that William Gillette resembles Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock Holmes looks exactly like William Gillette.” Indeed, Gillette not only lent his aquiline profile to the character, but also contributed to the Holmes image by adding the drop-stem pipe, lavish dressing gown, and iconic deerstalker.
And, for almost a century, Gillette’s Sherlock Holmes went unseen until 2014, when a nitrate print of the film—long presumed lost—turned up in the Cinémathèque Française’s collections. Just as the immortal sleuth returned from his presumed watery grave in the Reichenbach Falls to continue his adventures, the 1916 Sherlock Holmes came back to us from the land of the lost to enchant a new generation. The game’s afoot again for Gillette’s detective, and it’s an adventure to remember”.-Nora Fiore @Nitrate Diva

Live Improvised Score by Bill O’Meara

Introduction by Mike Ranieri, President of the Bootmakers of Toronto

Co-Presented by:

April 7
Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
7pm $15

When Knighthood Was In Flower 1922 Canadian Restoration Premiere
Director: Robert Vignola
Starring: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, William Powell
b/w with tinting & hand coloured sequence
A massive hit when released (the same year that included Fairbank’s acclaimed Robin Hood) it propelled actress Marion Davies into the super star category. She’s terrific in this role: warm, personable, funny, and the camera loved her. Produced by Cosmopolitan Productions, the million dollars plus budget is lavished on the sumptuous sets and designs. Set in the time of the palace intrigues of King Henry VIII, Marion’s talents shine brightly throughout. Marion plays the rebellious younger sister to Henry VIII who defies all convention by falling in love with a commoner but forced into betrothal to the decrepit King Louis XII. Political forces conspire to keep the lovers apart and she must use all her wiles to win the man she loves.  Thirties favourite William Powell appears in just his second film.  Full of action, romance, humour and wit, it’s the true beginning of the legend of Marion Davies onscreen. The film is newly restored by off the sole surviving 35mm nitrate print (from Marion’s personal collection) in the Library of Congress and brought back to public awareness by Ben Model & his Undercrank Productions.

This screening sponsored by Christina Stewart and Nathan Moles
Film Courtesy of Library of Congress and Undercrank Productions
Score played live by Ben Model

April 8
Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
1 pm $20 / $15 Senior/Student

Ben Model presents: Accidentally Preserved & 1000 Laffs  2hrs

Ben Model, film historian, collector of early film rarities, and one of the foremost accompanists in the US returns to Toronto as our special guest with another fascinating presentation on early film.  
Why do some films disappear? What’s involved in the hunt for them? How are some films found again?  What exactly is an “accidently preserved” film? The little known and sometimes quirky world of early film sleuthing and the adventures that surround them will be complimented by several Canadian Premiere screenings of newly found and restored titles.
Three rare shorts (titles to be announced) from Ben’s collection will be presented.
The Blacksmith 1922  "Buster Keaton 100 Screening" Canadian Restoration Premiere
This European version lay undiscovered until a couple of years ago. Originally released by Pathé with French intertitles, it includes unknown sight gags, settings, and characters not featured in the original US version. Finally audiences will have an opportunity to see what Keaton had in mind.
Film Courtesy of Lobster Films
Battle of the Century 1927  Laurel and Hardy Canadian Restoration Premiere
In June 2015 film historian Jon Marsalis casually dropped a bombshell at the Mostly Lost Festival. He had unexpectedly re-discovered the long lost 2nd reel of this film containing the complete pie fight. Virtually no one had seen it since it left theatres in 1928. So be prepared for the thousands of pies in the greatest battle ever recorded on film.
Film Courtesy of NBC/International & Lobster Films
Live Accompaniment by Ben Model
Please note that there will be an intermission between Accidentally Preserved & 1000 Laffs

April 9
Fox Theatre 2236 Queen St. E
4:30 pm $15 / $10 Senior/Student

Chicago 1927
Director: Frank Urson
Starring: Phyllis Haver, Victor Varconi, Eugene Pallette
Trash journalism meets media hogging minor celebrity. It could be a headline from today, but it’s all 1920s . Roxie Hart is the wild, sexy, jazz-loving, and dress to kill gold-digger that’s put on a very public trial for the murder of her lover. Her lawyer exudes all the charm of a cornered badger- equal parts publicity agent and mob mouthpiece. When Roxie hits the headlines, the courtroom theatrics run amok.
It’s a terrifically entertaining mix of flappers, humour, cynicism, and a scathing condemnation on modern publicity machines working overtime.
The 1927 Chicago was long believed a lost film, but a perfect print survived in Cecil B. DeMille’s private collection leading some historians to believe it was he who actually directed it. Restored in 2006, it has since been widely performed to rapturous audiences. So set your garters to be snapped, a good time in old Chicago will be had!

Film Courtesy of Flicker Alley  

Live accompaniment by Jordan Klapman

Co-Presented by

April 10
Just Announced NEW VENUE !!!
Kimbourne Park United Church
200  Wolverleigh Blvd.  (2 blocks north of Danforth east of Coxwell)
*please note that there will be an intermission during this performance

Toronto Theatre Organ Society presents
Beyond the Rocks 1922
Director: Sam Wood
Starring: Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino
A frothy, sumptuous love story set in glamourous locales is the perfect backdrop for the two most exotic silent stars of their era. From the pen of the scandalous Elinor Glyn (responsible for IT), Swanson, the beautiful but poor aristocrat married to a wealthy older man, falls in love with a dashing playboy. The two star-crossed lovers, both bound by duty, wait for years to fulfil their destiny. It’s an opulent ride that never grows old and looks terrific onscreen.
All prints of the film had either gone missing for decades until sharp eyes spied a lone nitrate print in a private collection in the Netherlands in 2003.
Film Courtesy of Milestone Films
PLUS: Buster Keaton 100 Years in Film- The Playhouse 1921 22min
“The Playhouse is an identity-bending dreamscape, surrounded by a real world so strange as to make the dream nearly plausible. It’s a laugh-riot, casting Keaton in more than twenty different roles at once, and allowing him to portray comedic styles utterly unlike the Great Stone Face that silent film fans are used to. For Keaton the artist and director, it was also a chance to push special effects, especially double exposure techniques, into new territory.”-Chris Edwards, Silent Volume
Musical Score played live by Clark Wilson on a 1932 Casavant Organ

April 11
Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Ave.
7pm $15

L’Inhumaine 1924 Canadian Restoration Premiere
Director: Marcel L’Herbier
Starring: Georgette Leblanc,
b/w with tinting

“A riot of cubist, surrealist and freshly minted Art Deco influences that left hundreds of us wondering who slipped the hallucinogens into the popcorn.”- Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Released to intense controversy in 1924 for its cinematic and technical innovations, L’Inhumaine (The Inhuman Woman) is a visual tour-de-force as it weaves together a tapestry of fantastical, science-fiction and avant-garde in a sumptuous Art Deco setting. The strange, dream-like world created is the backdrop for the celebrated but heartless opera singer who draws important men to her like moths to a flame, basking in their attention.  Among them is a young scientist. When she mocks him, he leaves her house with the declared intention to kill himself. It’s a film filled with obsessive sexual tension, death and shame before turning into a Metropolis-like science fiction in the last act. The sets, costumes and design were all original works by top artists of the era- glassmaker René Lalique, painter Fernand Leger, architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, and fashion designer Paul Poiret.
The upshot of so much visual lavishness and debauchery is nothing less than intoxicating. Restored to its original splendour from the nitrate negative with tinting reinstated, this is nothing less than an eye-popping tribute to filmmaking ambition.

Film Courtesy of Flicker Alley and Lobster Films Trailer:
Live improvised accompaniment by Bill O’Meara
Introduction by Nathalie Atkinson
Nathalie  is a freelance culture writer, film critic, and a columnist for The Globe and Mail. She is the guest programmer of Designing the Movies, the Revue Cinema’s ongoing set, costume and production design-focused movie series.

April 23
4:30pm $15 / $10 Senior/Student
Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St E
TSFF in partnership with The Mary Pickford Foundation & AMIA Toronto presents:

Little Annie Rooney 1925  94min Canadian Restoration Premiere

Director: William Beaudine
Starring: Mary Pickford, William Haines
b/w with tinting
“All the artistry, technical skill, and emotional impact of a medium only thirty years old shine triumphantly through… and when you think that it was all shot on the Pickford-Fairbanks back lot in Hollywood… it is all the more remarkable.”- Kevin Brownlow
Mary Pickford heads up a street gang-that’s not normally something expect to read about America’s Sweetheart. But she does just that. This is New York in the rough and tumble days of the 1920s, in the Irish section that lies south of 14th Street and east of 3rd Ave. Annie is the daughter of a beat cop but that doesn’t mean she’s sweet as pie. She holds her own as leader of a street gang and doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty or battling for slights both real and imagined. But as tough as she likes to think of herself, she has to dig deep when her father is killed and her brother goes after the supposed killer.
This 4K HD restoration, with an original modern soundtrack, provides today’s audience with the ultimate viewing experience of this 90+ year old film. The process of restoring and scoring this film took several years. First, the original tinted nitrate print in Mary Pickford’s personal collection at the Library of Congress, made from the camera negative in 1925, was brought to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences archive in Los Angeles. Then, through the MPF’s multi-year partnership with them, the film was preserved photo-chemically, creating new 35mm preservation masters and prints. It was then scanned at 4K resolution so that a digital version could be created through an evaluation of the film frame by frame, removing dirt and other signs of deterioration to perfectly match the original nitrate tints and tones. Lastly, through the MPF Composition Program at Pepperdine University, an extremely gifted young composer, Andy Gladbach, was chosen to create a new sound track for the film. Mentored by professionals, he was joined by a 16 piece orchestra, as well as a conductor and engineers, to record his original music. The end result combines and showcases the finest work of artists, craftspeople and musicians from this century and from 1925.

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