SPARROWS
1926, 84 min, USA, Dir: William Beaudine

In her final juvenile role, Mary Pickford shines as Molly, the eldest of a group of orphans held as virtual slaves by the nefarious Mr. Grimes (Gustav von Seyffertitz) on a farm deep in the bayou. With its German expressionist look and a thrilling chase through a swamp filled with hungry alligators, this is one of “America’s Sweetheart’s” most memorable silents.


LIMELIGHT
1952, Janus Films, 137 min, USA, Dir: Charlie Chaplin

In this nostalgic but never maudlin swan song, Charlie Chaplin channels the riotous music-hall culture of his youth. An intensely personal film complete with recollections of his parents as well as his children in cameo roles, LIMELIGHT also features the one-time-only onscreen pairing of Chaplin and Buster Keaton.


SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS
1927, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: F.W. Murnau

Director F.W. Murnau’s first American film stars George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor as a farmer and his loving wife, whose marriage is rocked by the appearance of an alluring "Woman From the City" (Margaret Livingston). An Academy Award winner for lead actress Gaynor, cinematography, and for "artistic quality of production."


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