Anything But Silent: Silent Classics with Live Music Live Musical Accompaniment by Ben Model on the Cinema's Miditzer Theater Organ!
New Restored 35mm Print! Winner of the first Academy Award of Best Picture in 1927!
Wings is one of the classics of the late silent era a combination adventure/romance that took the viewer back a mere 10 years to what was, at the time, the most pivotal and traumatic event of the new century: World War I. With its depiction of dogfights and re-creations of epic land battles, Wings proved to be one of the greatest epics of early Hollywood. Two young men, Jack Powell (Buddy Rogers) and David Armstrong (Richard Arlen), are rivals in their small American town for the affections of the same girl, local beauty Sylvia Lewis (Jobyna Ralston). Another girl, Mary Preston (Clara Bow), adores the charming Jack, but he thinks of her as only the girl next door. War sweeps the boys off to pilot training school where they become buddies before they are shipped to France. Meanwhile, Mary volunteers as an ambulance driver and is also sent to the front. After over eighty years, Wings remains a riveting action adventure and a significant statement about war. It is truly a classic film and it is no wonder why it was awarded the very first Oscar for Best Picture.
Ben Model is one of the USA's leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silents at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the past 27 years. Ben co-curated MoMA's "Cruel and Unusual Comedy"series and Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle retrospective, and also curated Shout!Factory's new "Ernie Kovacs Collection" DVD box set. A five-time recipient of the Meet The Composer grant, Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 14th season in NYC. Ben's recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD releases from Kino Video and others. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands.
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