Silent Film Pioneers At PPAC

(8.11) The RI International Film Festival will feature the works of four female cinematic legends from the silent film era this Friday evening at PPAC. This unique retrospective will highlight the works of Lois Weber, Alice Guy, Mabel Normand, and Lotte Reiniger. The entire program runs roughly 99 minutes. Go here for tickets to Silent Film Pioneers: A Retrospective of Female Directors from the Silent Film Era.

The evening’s program includes: Suspense, directed by Lois Weber (1913, 10 min); The Consequences of Feminism, directed by Alice Guy-Blaché (1905, 7 min); Mabel’s Strange Predicament, directed by Mabel Normand (1914, 12 min); The Adventure of Prince Achmed, directed by Lotte Reiniger (1926, 66 min).

PPAC house organist Peter Krasinski, who specializes in silent movie accompaniment, will play the famous PPAC Mighty Wurlitzer. The engaging and affable Mr. Krasinski has been playing holiday concerts and accompanying silent films at the PPAC for years, bringing Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin to a new audience during the Wonders of the Wurlitzer series a few years back.

A platform supporting Mr. Krasinksi and the organ rises from the depths as the house lights start to dim, only to sink back below the stage at the end of the show (hence the odd angle of this photo from last Juneteenth). Audience members often gather round at the end of the show where he happily entertains questions about the music and this extraordinary organ. It’s a beast.

Tickets for Friday’s event will also be available at PPAC just prior to the event for $10 (CASH ONLY) at the table near the entrance to the Grand Lobby.

$10, Silent Film Pioneers, 7pm, Friday, August 11, PPAC, 220 Weybosset Street, (directions)

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