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more "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" at MoMA in Oct '10

Postby Ben Model » Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:03 am

For those of you in the NYC area (or who will be in early October), Steve Massa, Ron Magliozzi and I have put together another five programs of (mostly) rare silent comedy shorts from MoMA's collection. The next round of "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" will have a six-day run in MoMA's Titus 1 theater Wed Oct 6 to Mon Oct 11 with live musical accompaniment by yours truly and introductions by Steve. Weekday shows are at 8pm, with repeats at 4:30, and weekend shows will be at 2pm and 5pm. Same week as Bored-enone, easier to travel to and way funnier.

As we did with the last run of shows (May 2009) Steve and I will be posting our own film notes on a blog site. The notes and specific show dates/times won't be up for another couple of months, but you can see the list of programs and the film titles there now. Go to http://www.cruelandunusualcomedy.com to see what we've got lined up covering: drugs/alcohol, the medical profession, gender roles, surrealism, and the homeless. The C&U blog site has our notes and film titles from the 2009 programs, also.

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Re: more "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" at MoMA in Oct '10

Postby Ben Model » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:57 pm

I will be presenting and accompanying a sampling of "C&U" titles from our May 2009 and upcoming Oct 2010 series this week at the 5th annual "Stumfilmdager" ("Silent Film Days") in Tromsø, Norway. Steve Massa and I picked, for this program:

Fri, Sept 3, 7:00
"Cruel and Unusual Comedy"
program of rare slapstick comedies from MoMA
introduced and accompanied by Ben Model
Their First Execution (1913) - Ford Sterling
The Phoney Cannibal (1915) - Ham & Bud
The Vagrant (1921) - Lloyd Hamilton
The Gum Riot (1920) - Hank Mann
Mind the Baby (1924) - Pal the dog
A Schoolhouse Scandal (1919) - Slim Summerville
http://www.verdensteatret.no/movie/cruel-and-unusual-comedy

Also, we'll be running the DFI's print of Carmen Jr. with Baby Peggy to open for the Norwegian feature Historien Om En Gut (Story of a Boy) at our kids' matinee on Sept 4 at noon, and will be running the NFI print of The Cook plus One Week for our three groups of 5th graders on Tues Sept 1.

Festival website: http://www.verdensteatret.no/stumfilmdager/

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Re: more "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" at MoMA in Oct '10

Postby Ben Model » Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:27 pm

Here's the line-up:

"More Cruel and Unusual Comedy"
Oct 6-14 at MoMA. 5 new programs of (mostly) rare silent comedy shorts from MoMA's collection, co-curated by Ron Magliozzi, Steve Massa and Ben Model. Live piano accompaniment by Ben Model at all programs. MoMA's page for the series is at http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/films/1112, and program listings will be posted there soon. Film notes by Steve Massa and Ben Model will be posted at http://www.cruelandunusualcomedy.com in the next couple of weeks.

"Gender Benders: Masculine Women/Feminine Men"
Fri, Oct 8 at 4:30 & Sat Oct 9 at 8:00

* Rowdy Ann (1919) - Fay Tincher
* Hearts and Flowers (1919) - Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling, Phyllis Haver
* Shanghaied Lovers (1924) - Harry Langdon, Kalla Pasha, Alice Day, Andy Clyde
* A Sorority Mix-Up (1927) - Buddy Messinger, Anne Porter, Mr. X (chimp)
* Crushed (1924) - Lloyd Hamilton, Dorothy Seastrom, Blanche Payson


"Altered States: Under the Influence"
Thurs Oct 7 at 8:00 & Thurs Oct 14 at 4:30

* Mabel’s Married Life (1914) - Charlie Chaplin, Normand, Mack Swain
* Mystery of the Leaping Fish (1915) - Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love
* How Dry I Am (1919) - Snub Pollard, Ernest “Sunshine Sammy” Morrison, Mildred Davis
* The Gum Riot (1920) - Hank Mann, Madge Kirby, Vernon Dent
* What a Night (1924) - Lige Conley, Otto Fries, Louise Carver


"Unsocialized Medicine: The Health Care Crisis"
Thurs Oct 7 at 4:30 & Thurs Oct 14 at 8:00

* Bunny Backslides (1914) - John Bunny, Flora Finch
* A Professional Patient (1917) - Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Drew
* The Snow Cure (1916) - Alice Davenport, Ford Sterling, Slim Summerville, Bruno the bear
* Naughty Nurses (1920) - Hank Mann, Madge Kirby, Vernon Dent.
* Good Night Nurse (1929) - Lupino Lane, Wallace Lupino


"Class War: How the Other Half Lives"
Weds Oct 6 at 8:00 & Sun Oct 10 at 2:00

* Bunny and the Bunny Hug (aka Bunny Dips Into Society) (1913) - John Bunny
* Luke’s Shattered Sleep (1916) - Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard
* Time Flies (1926) - Lupino Lane, Wallace Lupino, Virginia Vance
* Sweetie (1923) - Baby Peggy, Jerry Mandy, Louise Lorraine, Max Asher
* The Vagrant (1921) - Lloyd Hamilton, Hugh Fay, Tom Wilson, Lige Conley


"The Surreal Life: Dallying with the Absurd"
Fri Oct 8 at 8:00 & Sat Oct 9 at 2:00

* Some Hero (1916) - Manuel Fernandez Perez (aka Marcel Fabre), Babette Fabre (aka Nilde Barrachi)
* A Schoolhouse Scandal (1919) - Slim Summerville, Ethel Teare, Tom Kennedy, Polly Moran
* Kiss Me Quick (1920) - Clyde Cook, Bobby Dunn, Blanche Payson
* All Wet (1922) - Al St. John, Otto Fries, Ford West
* Egged On (1926) - Charley Bowers, Winifred Leighton

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Re: more "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" at MoMA in Oct '10

Postby Ben Model » Sat Oct 02, 2010 7:04 pm

This nice write-up for "More Cruel and Unusual Comedy" appeared in the New York Times on Fri, 9/30.
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