April 28 – THE NIGHT OF LOVE [silent film accompaniment]

When: Sunday, April 28th @ 1:45PM
1927. Dir. George Fitzmaurice, 80min., USA. With Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky, and Montagu Love.

A tale of Old Spain: a villainous duke (Montagu Love) spies a beautiful gypsy girl (Laska Winter) on her wedding day, and decides to exercise his droit de seigneur or “right of the first night.” He takes her back to his castle to bed her before planning to return her to her groom (Ronald Colman). But the girl takes her own life rather than be defiled by the Duke, leading Colman to vow revenge. With the Duke’s own nuptials coming up, Colman kidnaps his betrothed, the Princess Marie (Vilma Bánky). George Fitzmaurice’s handsome production features strong performances from the star pairing of Colman and Bánky and the fine supporting cast. It was also subject to censorship and moral condemnation in some quarters (Photoplay called it “salacious and entirely too intimate for presentation to young people.”)

Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center | American Film Institute
8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Directions: http://afi.com/silver/about/directions.aspx

Admission: $13$10 Seniors (65+), students and military (with valid ID); $9.50 AFI Members (2-Star level and higher); $8 Children (12 and under)