Double Bill: I, Douglas Fairbanks and The Half Breed @ 27th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival
(Clara Kuperberg & Julia Kuperberg, France/U.S., 2018, 53 min.)
$20 for double bill and performance
During the peak of the silent era, the dashing Douglas Fairbanks was the first King of Hollywood, ruling the box office in a series of epic adventures swashbuckling in The Mark of Zorro, dueling in Robin Hood, and soaring in The Thief of Bagdad. His physical skills and exuberant style made him the perfect American icon: strong, confident, heroic, and ever smiling. During his marriage to Mary Pickford, America's Sweetheart, the couple dominated the headlines and helped turn the scrubland of Beverly Hills, then inhabited by coyotes and snakes, into the poshest place in town. Fairbanks also became one of Hollywoods founding fathers, establishing United Artists in 1919 with best friend Charlie Chaplin, bride-to-be Pickford, and famed director D.W. Griffith. Using first-person narration with the actor voiced by Peter Facinelli I, Douglas Fairbanks deftly combines film clips and newsreel footage to tell the fascinating story of both Fairbanks and early Hollywood. With producer Martine Melloul.
Shows with the feature The Half Breed (Allan Dwan, U.S., 1916, 72 min., silent): St. Louis Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra returns to SLIFF with an original score and live accompaniment for The Half Breed, a newly restored silent featuring Hollywood legend Douglas Fairbanks. In an attempt to brand himself as a serious actor, the smiling swashbuckler Fairbanks starred in this Western melodrama written by Anita Loos and directed with flair by Allan Dwan. Fairbanks stars as Lo Dorman, who has been ostracized from society because of this mixed ethnicity his Native American mother was abandoned by his white father. When Lo catches the eye of the rich white debutante Nellie (Jewel Carmen), he becomes a target for the racist Sheriff Dunn (Sam De Grasse), who wants to break them up and take Nelli for his own. This love triangle becomes a quadrangle with the arrival of Teresa (Alma Rubens), who is on the run from the law. Through fire and fury, Lo must decide who and what he truly loves.
With an original score and live accompaniment by Rats & People Motion Picture Orchestra.
Webster University/Moore Auditorium (View)
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
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