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Just Restored 1928 Silent Screening of THE CROWD at the Academy in Beverly Hills

"THE CROWD" was one of the most powerful and personal films of the American cinema.   It was produced when silent film had reached its pinnacle of visual storytelling and offers a unique stylized view of modern life through the eyes of a young New Yorker determined to fulfill his own imagined destiny despite the intervening foibles of everyday life. Romantic, timeless and heartbreaking, “The Crowd”  dispels the stereotypes of the “limitations” of silent film on every level and should come across in a more contemporary light than most other silent films.


This screening features a print that was newly restored under the supervision of renowned film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow with a newly added stereo musical score by acclaimed Hollywood composer Carl Davis. (Jono is sure that THE CROWD's above mass office worker camera shot inspired a similar scene in the 1980 comedic film "Nine to Five.")

It stars Eleanor Boardman and James Murray and was produced and directed by the legendary King Vidor. Written by John V.A. Weaver and Vidor. Released by  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 35mm, silent, black-and-white, 98 min.


Tickets are only $5 and available online. Usually silent movies do not sell out at the Academy, so you should hopefully be able to buy them at the time of the screening or you can also buy them in advance online at:,OSCARS-GOLDWYN,OSCARS-HIGHLAND,ACADEMY,ACADEMYLAB

Free designated parking is available in two nearby building parking structures OR after 7pm street parking is available along Wilshire Blvd. (but do NOT park on side streets without carefully reading parking restriction signs because most streets require permit parking only).


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  • Jono

    Though I arrived only about 10 minutes before the movie (due to freeway traffic from the northwest SFV), the movie itself and special guests were fantastic. The film's characters/actors and life situations portrayed in the movie were amazingly very "modern day" for a 1926 film thanks to the direction of King Vidor. When considering the limitations of camera equipment of the mid 1920's, the cinematography and unique camera shots were also quite incredible. Though THE CROWD is not yet available on DVD/Blu Ray, even when it does eventually get released, it is so sweepingly visual that it can only be fully appreciated on a large, theatre sized screen--not someone's flat screen at home. What a treat this rare theatrical screening was. Was nice to meet a few of our members, sorry I missed some of you others.

    October 23, 2013

  • Sheilah

    Any chance anyone is driving from the Valley that I can ride with, I'm a slug about driving "over the hill"...I can come to your place or a spot, anywhere from NoHo, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Toluca, Burbank, possibly Hollywood

    October 21, 2013

  • Brooke E.

    I have seen clips from The CROWD on the miniseries, HOLLYWOOD: A Celebration of the American Silent Film, and have always wanted to enjoy it in it's entirety!

    October 21, 2013

  • Lee Scott T.

    I have wanted to see this film. I have read great reviews

    October 16, 2013

  • Charles

    Whoa! Great film pick. I absolutely love this movie. Will it ever see a day on DVD or Blu-ray?

    October 14, 2013

  • Irwin

    The Crowd is my favorite silent film.

    October 12, 2013

  • Bill

    Of the two Mary Pickford films coming to the Goldwyn theater in Beverly Hills in two weeks I am hearing from other classic picture fans that The Crowd is the one not to be missed.

    October 10, 2013

    • Jono

      I personally am not as into the traditional, typical, more old fashioned, period-type silent films--I prefer those with comedy or those with more contemporary themes such as many of Clara Bow's movies. This film is about people in big city New York and I understand later inspired many other film makers--including even my large scale, impersonal office scene reference in the 1980 comedic film NINE TO FIVE.

      October 11, 2013

    • Jono

      So hopefully THE CROWD will bring out a Crowd!!!

      October 11, 2013

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