Sep 13 – Charles Brabin [silent film accompaniment]

When: Monday, September 13th, 2021 at 4:00PM
What: Charles Brabin

The British-born Charles Brabin was one of the few Edison directors to make the transition to sound, and is probably best remembered today for the pre-code shocker The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932). His Edison work, often featuring the Australian actor Marc McDermott, is distinguished by its tight dramatic structure, literary aspirations, and creative use of special effects. The recently rediscovered By the Aid of a Film (the final episode in a serial that is otherwise lost) featured a tour of the Edison studios in the Bronx, with a cameo appearance by the brilliant young director John H. Collins. Piano accompaniment by Makia Matsumura (September 13), Ben Model (September 16).

Program approx. 60 min.

By the Aid of a Film [The Man Who Disappeared, episode 10]. 1914. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin.

The Ambassador’s Daughter. 1913. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin.

Tim. 1912. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin.

The Minister’s Temptation. 1913. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin.

An Unsullied Shield. 1913. USA. Directed by Charles Brabin.

This program accompanies Biograph/Edison: Restorations and Rediscoveries from the Collection.

Where: The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2 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