April 16 – PATHS TO PARADISE [silent film accompaniment]

When: Tuesday, April 16th @ 7PM
1925. Dir. Clarence G. Badger, 65 min., USA.
*This film accompanies Lincoln Kirstein and Film Culture.

Paths to Paradise,” the program guide for the fourth Film Society screening explains, “was one of the last pictures and best comedies to star Raymond Griffith before the advent of sound pictures. The silent films had developed an elaborate tradition of pantomime comedy which was uniquely American and uniquely cinematographic. The leading individual exponents besides Chaplin were Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, and Raymond Griffith. With the advent of sound Griffith was no longer to be seen on the screen. The technique of Keaton and Langdon, if not lost in the talkies, is at least regrettably diluted.” In Paths to Paradise—thought lost for years and still missing its final reel—Griffith plays a con-man who beats a fellow swindler at her own game, but later teams up with her for a jewel heist. Shown alongside it was the tropical nature documentary The Nesting of the Sea Turtle, codirected by the great cinematographer Floyd Crosby, whose collaborators would range from F. W. Murnau to Roger Corman.

Where: Museum of Modern Art
11 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Directions: http://www.moma.org/visit/
Nearest Subway: 5 Ave/53 St on M/V, 57 St on F, 47-50 Sts on B/D/F/M

Admission: $12 ($10 for senior citizens, $8 for students / free for Museum members)
Admission to the day’s film program is free for Museum ticket holders, but separate screening tickets are required. A film admission ticket does not include admission to the Museum galleries. The price of a film admission ticket may be applied toward the price of a Museum admission ticket or MoMA membership within 30 days.