Sparrows

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icon-other-with-guestsMary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

Sparrows

  • 1926
  • Directed By: William Beaudine
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 84 Minutes
  1. Thursday, March 28, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film Sparrows
Mary Pickford’s penultimate silent film is a Dickensian tale of orphans living on a baby farm run by an evil caretaker. The movie boasts highly stylized sets, including an ominous-looking swamp, and atmospheric cinematography that illustrates the growing influence of German expressionist cinema on American filmmakers in the 1920s. One of the actress’s darker-themed pictures is considered by many to be her best, including her business partner and onscreen rival Charlie Chaplin. The feature is preceded by the Sparrows trailer and outtakes. 35mm restoration by the Library of Congress.


Live piano accompaniment provided by Philip Carli.