Head Over Heels
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 with original color tinting!
Mabel Normand, the silent-era's "Queen of Comedy," stars as an Italian acrobat whose journey to becoming an American is far from smooth in this hilarious 1922 comedy
Mabel Normand is considered by many to be the greatest comedienne of the silent-era, but the general public now remembers her mainly, if at all, for her association with Charlie Chaplin and tangential involvement with several of the period's most notorious scandals. Join us for an evening celebrating this delightful screen star, featuring a newly rediscovered and restored print of her classic 1922 comedy Head Over Heels.
One of eighteen feature-length films that Normand made with producer Sam Goldwyn after leaving Mack Sennett and the Keystone company in 1918, this hilarious comedy stars Mabel as Tina Bambinetti, a young Italian acrobat from Naples who is hired by an ambitious theatrical agent (Adolphe Menjou) to come to the USA hoping that he will make her a movie star. However, her rough manners and romantic nature play havoc with his plans. The film is a wonderful and original work from the frequently overlooked later period of Normand's career. Only three of Normand's Goldwyn films survive, What Happened to Rosa (1920), Head Over Heels (1922), and the newly recovered The Floor Below (1918) currently being preserved by The Nederlands Film Museum. Normand scholars, experts, and enthusiasts agree that these films are essential for understanding the full scope and scale of Normand's brilliance. The original tinted nitrate positive print was preserved by AFI at Cinema Arts Lab, PA. with funding from The Film Foundation. (USA, 1922, 55 min., Color-tinted, 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress)
Rounding out the program is the newly preserved Won in a Closet, a 1914 Keystone comedy starring and directed by Mabel Normand, which was lost until it turned up at the New Zealand Film Archive in 2010.
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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