March 6 – Mack Sennet at Biograph [silent film accompaniment]

When: Friday, March 6th, 2020 at 4:30PM
What: Mack Sennet at Biograph

Mack Sennett spent his formative years at Biograph, emerging from the ranks of the Griffith stock company to become a regular comic lead and, soon, the primary director of Biograph’s comedy unit. These short, “split-reel” comedies, all from Sennett’s first year as a director, find him developing the broad, frenetic slapstick style that he would bring to his own company, Keystone, in 1912. Sennett appears as an actor in most of these shorts (including one of his many spoofs of Sherlock Holmes, $500 Reward), alongside future Keystone stars Mabel Normand, Fred Mace, and Charlie Murray. Restored by The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. Additional preservation work made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Celeste Bartos, and the Lillian Gish Trust for Film Preservation.

Program approx. 75 min.

The Manicure Lady. 1911. USA. Directed by Mack Sennett.

Curiosity. 1911. USA. Directed by Mack Sennett.

The Ghost. 1911. USA. Directed by Mack Sennett.

$500 Reward. 1911. USA. Directed by Mack Sennett.

The Beautiful Voice. 1911. USA. Directed by Mack Sennett.

The Inventor’s Secret. 1911. USA. Directed by Mack Sennett.

Where: The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1 at the Museum of Modern Art
11 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
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 children under 16 & Museum members)
Admission to the day’s film program is free for Museum ticket holders, but separate screening tickets are required.
Film admission is partial Museum admission. The price of a film ticket can be applied toward the price of Museum admission or MoMA membership within 30 days of your purchase. For more info, visit