Sep 20 – John H. Collins, Part 1 [silent film accompaniment]

When: Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 4:00PM
What: John H. Collins, Part 1

Two years after beginning his film career as a scenery painter, John H. Collins had become Edison’s most advanced director, with a crisp, modern style quite divorced from the Victorian stage trappings that still stuck to much of the prewar cinema. His talent is already visible in his first solo directing effort, Making a Convert, a public service film warning New Jersey residents to stay out of the way of oncoming streetcars that doubles as a romantic comedy. The Portrait in the Attic is one of Collins’s first films with the Edison star Viola Dana, who would become his wife and star of several of the feature-length films he made after his departure from Edison. Piano accompaniment by Ben Model (September 16), Makia Matsumura (September 20).

Program approx. 60 min.

Making a Convert. 1914. USA. Directed by John H. Collins.

The Everlasting Triangle. 1914. USA. Directed by John H. Collins.

The Man in the Dark. 1914. USA. Directed by John H. Collins.

Mission of Mr. Foo. 1915. USA. Directed by John H. Collins.

The Portrait in the Attic. 1915. USA. Directed by John H. Collins.

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)
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