Kansas Silent Film Festival 2014
So Friday afternoon, I picked Big Sis up from school. (Little Sis was sick at home.) We rushed to the library to find an audio book...
|A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry.|
HarperCollins, 1999. This is a fantastic audio book. We are on the waiting list for the next two in the series!
And we drove two hours to the state capital, Topeka, for the 18th Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival!
We saw some shorts and a Colleen Moore movie, then decided to skip the evening's final offering in order to check into our hotel. We weren't sure what Saturday would bring, weather-wise.
On our way to the hotel, Big Sis asked if we could go bowling. I said, "Um, no way," but I did pull into the parking lot to take some pictures of the amazingly cool signs. I am a geek like that.
|Look at all that fabulous neon!|
Saturday morning, we returned to the Washburn University campus to catch the morning's entertainment, which was already being shuffled around, in order for the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra to be able to hightail it home to Colorado before the storm hit. A big one was predicted, although the weather advisory for Topeka wasn't supposed to go into effect until 6 PM.
Heading to lunch, I called home to inquire about the weather in Wichita. Mr. B told me the sleet had already started. Drat.
We decided to play it safe and head home. The fact that Big Sis had started coughing heavily overnight aided in our decision. We took an extra-long lunch at Via's Pizzeria (YUM), then hopped back on the turnpike.
As consolation, we did stop at one of the new Hardee's/Dunkin Donuts service stations, scoring some donuts and coffee to ease the disappointment.
That evening, at home in our warm house with the fireplace crackling, we watched the concluding film of the festival, Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.
Here is Modern Times on YouTube. This one is a great introduction
to silent film for grade school-aged kids. It was made well into the sound era,
and features its own built-in musical score (by Chaplin) and sound effects.
"Felix in Hollywood," 1923. Big Sis had already seen this one many times!
A scene from Ella Cinders, starring Colleen Moore (1926).
"The Enchanted Drawing," by J. Stuart Blackton for Edison Studios, 1900.
A scene from The Patsy, starring Marion Davies, directed by King Vidor (1928).
In this scene, Marion's Pat impersonates three well-known film stars:
Mae Murray, Lillian Gish, and Pola Negri. I've seen this one on TCM
several times. It's adorable.
We will try again next year, of course. Until then, we will remember to smile!