Jun 25 – PETER PAN [silent film accompaniment]

When: Saturday, June 25th, 2022 at 1:00PM

1924. Dir. Herbert Brenon. United States. 102 mins. 35mm. With Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, Cyril Chadwick, Virginia Brown Faire, Anna May Wong, Esther Ralston, George Ali, Mary Brian, Philippe De Lacey, Jack Murphy. 

Brenon’s magical adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s 1904 stage play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up disproves the film historical canard that the “filmed theater” of the silent era was somehow less cinematic than the montage film by leaning into its theatrical origins. Peter is played by a girl (then-unknown Bronson); the Darling family dog is an actor in full-body suit; and, as in a live performance, the audience is asked to clap to revive Tinker Bell (Browne Faire). In his fourth of eight collaborations with Brenon, Wong Howe’s delicately balanced chiaroscuro would jumpstart his reputation as “Mr. Low-Key.” With piano accompaniment by Makia Matsumura.

This screening is part of Silents, Please!

Where: Museum of the Moving Image – Redstone Theater in Astoria, Queens
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, NY 11106
Directions: http://www.movingimage.us/visit/directions
Nearest Subway: Steinway Street on M/R; 36th Ave on N/W

Admission:  $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). 
Order online. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.