7th Annual Silent Movie Under the Stars: Saturday, August 26th, 2017 — sundown at Taughannock Falls State Park
About WSM Events
Join us in Making Noise About Silent Film! Each year WSM hosts several silent film-themed events right here in Ithaca, NY: October’s Silent Movie Month; summer’s Silent Movie Under the Stars (every August); opening receptions for our community-based exhibits, co-sponsorship of film screenings at Cornell Cinema and FLEFF (Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival; and an annual fundraising event in collaboration with Friends of Stewart Park. Read more details below and sign-up for the WSM e-newsletter to receive announcements and invitations for upcoming events.
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October is Silent Movie Month!
Our presenting sponsor for Silent Movie Month is Travis Hyde Properties!
Thursday, October 13th at 7:30pm Nosferatu (1922) is screening with a live score performed by the Invincible Czars. At Sage Chapel on Cornell’s Campus. For more details and ticket information please visit www.cinema.cornell.edu Co-Sponsored by Wharton Studio Museum.
Saturday, October 15th at 2pm Our annual Buster Keaton Matinee at Cinemapolis. For ticket info visit www.cinemapolis.org Sponsored by Wharton Studio Museum in collaboration with Cinemapolis. $6 per person. 12 and under FREE.
Saturday, October 22nd at 2pm The Flying Ace, a rare screening of the landmark 1926 silent film with an introduction by historian and writer Barbara Tepa Lupack. At Cinemapolis with a reception in the lobby to follow. Free! Donations welcome. For more information visit www.cinemapolis.org Co-sponsored by The History Center and Wharton Studio Museum.
Thursday, Oct 27 at 7pm at Fritz Lang’s Destiny (1921) with musical accompaniment on piano by Dr. Philip Carli. At Cornell Cinema. For more details and ticket information please visit www.cinema.cornell.edu Co-sponsored by Wharton Studio Museum
WSM thanks Travis Hyde Properties, its presenting sponsor, for Silent Movie Month.
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About Silent Movie Month
Mayor Svante Myrick officially proclaimed October as Silent Movie Month in the City of Ithaca in 2012 and every October since WSM celebrates Ithaca’s movie history through events, screenings, and workshops in collaboration with Cinemapolis, The History Center, Cornell Cinema, Tompkins County Public Library, Gimme! Coffee, and Petrune. Presenting Sponsor is Travis Hyde Properties.
The Wharton Studio Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts and education organization in New York State. Your contribution is tax deductible, supports our community-based programming and allows us to continue to preserve and celebrate Ithaca’s silent movie history, including the historic Wharton Studio building in Ithaca, NY. Thank you!
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Past WSM Events
Silent Movie Under the Stars 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
FLEFF presents Sadie Thompson (1928) at Cinemapolis. Co-sponsored by Wharton Studio Museum. FLEFF celebrates its 19th year March 28th-April 3, 2016 !
This film version of Somerset Maugham’s classic story “Miss Thompson” features the creative talents of Gloria Swanson, Lionel Barrymore*, and Raoul Walsh. Swanson and camerman George Barnes were nominated for Oscars, in the first year of the Academy Awards. * Lionel Barrymore starred in the Wharton Studio-produced serial “Romance of Elaine” in 1915.
Sadie Thompson proved to be a landmark of the silent era. Perhaps its greatest achievement was the film’s uncompromising translation of Maugham’s controversial story of a San Francisco prostitute and a South Pacific reformer. Swanson correctly maintained that the film’s silence was its greatest asset, for the churches and the Hays office could not censor what they couldn’t hear.
The tragedy of Sadie Thompson is that for many decades the last scenes were missing from the sole existing print. In this 1987 restoration by Kino International, the final minutes have been carefully recreated, using the original script, the star’s own collection of stills, film footage where appropriate, and an orchestral score commissioned for the completed film.
Neglected and forgotten over the years, Sadie Thompson has emerged as an important triumph of the silent era and Swanson’s greatest performance ever. (From kinolorber.com)
For tickets and more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/fleff
The third attempt to climb Everest culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an on-going debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit. Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a hand-cranked camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet and features sequences at Phari Dzong (Pagri), Shekar Dzong (Xegar) and Rongbuk monastery. But what resonates so deeply is Noel’s ability to frame the vulnerability, isolation and courage of people persevering in one of the world’s harshest landscapes. The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones. Revealed by the restoration, few images in cinema are as epic – or moving – as the final shots of a blood red sunset over the Himalayas. (From kinolorber.com)
Thursday, April 7th, 2016 7:30pm *free event!*
Screening: Cornell Cinema presents The Yellow Ticket (1918), co-sponsored by Wharton Studio Museum in Sage Chapel on the Cornell campus.
Cornell Cinema is thrilled to host this multimedia event featuring a rare 1918 silent film and an original score by renowned klezmer violinist/vocalist/composer Alicia Svigals, performed live along with virtuoso pianist Marilyn Lerner on Sage Chapel’s grand piano. The Yellow Ticket was made at the end of World War I, on the eve of the Russian revolution. It stars an adolescent Pola Negri, who would later become the legendary femme fatale of the silent era, and tells the story of an innocent young Jewish woman from a Polish shtetl who is constrained by anti-Semitic restrictions to lead a double life in a brothel while attempting to study medicine in Tsarist Russia. The film includes precious footage of the former Jewish quarter of Warsaw and the people who lived there.
Alicia Svigals is the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics and a 2014 NEA MacDowell Fellow in composition. She and Ms. Lerner have performed with the film at venues across the country, including at the National Gallery of Art, Mass MoCA, and Lincoln Center. The event is cosponsored by Cornell Council for the Arts, the Jewish Studies Program, the CU Klezmer Ensemble, the Department of Music, the Wharton Studio Museum, Temple Beth-El, Tikkun v’Or, and Cornell Hillel. This event is free – tickets are not required. Seating is limited, so arrive early! For more information visit Cornell Cinema.
Friday, April 8 thru August 15, 2016
Exhibit: The Biggest Little Fashion City: Ithaca & Silent Film Style
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th 4:30-6pm Human Ecology Building Level T
Wharton Studio Museum is excited to be co-sponsoring this multimedia exhibit on fashion of the silent film era curated by Cornell’s Costume & Textile Collection and the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design. Opening night is Friday, April 8, 2016. The exhibit will feature a WSM produced display about the historic Wharton Studio. Stay tuned for more details….
Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:15pm
Screening: Cornell Cinema presents Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924), co-sponsored by Wharton Studio Museum at Cornell Cinema in Willard Straight Hall.
Before Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, there was the dramatic sci-fi brilliance of Russian director Yakov Protazanov’s Aelita: Queen of Mars. Wrought with subtle erotic tensions and national predilections of the moment, the Martian adventure is known for its incredible leaps of fantasy running parallel to documentary-style depictions of 1920s Moscow. Love crosses light years in this popular Russian classic featuring fantastic constructivist set designs! With a live original score performed by local musicians Anna Coogan & Tzar. For tickets and more information visit Cornell Cinema.
Annual Fundraising Events
2015 Cinematic Soiree
2013 Hands of Orlac Screening & Party
2011 Perils of Pauline Screening & Party
2010 All Together Now Screening & Party
2009 Movie Clips & Party at Greystone