Her Sister from Paris
Anything But Silent: Silent Classics with Live Music
Live Musical Accompaniment by Ben Model on the Cinema's Miditzer Theater Organ!
Superstar Constance Talmadge plays dual roles as twin sisters, one plain and the other glamorous, whose plan to save the plain sister's marriage by switching places spins wildly out of control in this witty and sophisticated romantic comedy
The Talmadge sisters were Hollywood superstars during the silent film era. Norma was the serious actress, and Natalie was mostly known for being married to Buster Keaton, but it is sparkling comedienne Constance Talmadge who is now considered the greatest of the three. Her witty, sophisticated, and very funny comedies remain as fresh and fun as they were in the 1920s. In the sparkling Her Sister from Paris, she gets to play two roles as twin sisters whose lives get wildly intertwined. Helen is an American expatriate in Austria whose marriage is in trouble. Her husband, Joseph (Ronald Colman), increasingly takes her for granted. Everything changes when her more glamorous twin sister Lola, a professional dancer in Paris, arrives to perform in Vienna. Lola convinces Helen to impersonate her in order to seduce Joseph, at the same time that his best friend also happens to be pursuing Lola. Their plan proves wildly successful, but how far can the dupe go?! Sidney Franklin's fast-paced direction, combined with Connie Talmadge and Ronald Colman's delightful performances, results in a wonderful romantic comedy. (USA, 1925, 70 min., b/w, 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress)
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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