Join us for Seven Years Bad Luck, a 1920s silent comedy film directed and starring Max Linder, the French comedy master that Charlie Chaplin called "his professor".
The film will be accompanied by a live performer on the Mighty Wurlizter theatrical pipe organ at Casa Loma. This will be a screening of a silent film the way it was meant to be heard!
Buy your ticket(s) early to avoid disappointment. This highlight of the 2014 Toronto Silent Film Festival will sell out!
UPDATE APRIL 6: ABOUT 70 TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR IF YOU GET THERE EARLY.
Max returns from his last bachelor party a little worse for wear. Groggy and confused, he wakes up the next morning to more than just a hangover. His maid and butler have broken his mirror and in trying to hide the deed, have convinced Max that he’s responsible. Certain that he is cursed with seven years bad luck, everything starts to go wrong: his fiancée decides to break off their engagement.
Thinking that a change of scene may improve his fortunes, Max decides go on a train journey. Unfortunately, on the way to the station he loses his wallet in a fracas with a pair of muggers. Undeterred, he finds a way to get onto the train without a ticket, only to be pursued by a hoard of over-zealous railway staff. Meanwhile, Max’s fiancée is being courted by his mischievous rival...
Nowadays, Max Linder is only known to a few silent comedy fans. At the height of his popularity before the second world war, Linder was revered in his native France, lauded internationally as a comedic icon and made hundreds of films. His sophisticated style was years ahead of its time and became a major influence to well-known comedians Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and others into the sound era.
As David Cook explains in A History of Narrative Film, Max "became world famous for his subtle impersonation of an elegant but disaster-prone man-about-town in prewar Paris." Despite his monumental popularity on both sides of the Atlantic, today Linder is relatively unknown".
Clark Wilson, a master silent film accompanist, will command the console to provide just the right musical background for this heart-warming movie.
The film will be part of the 2014 Toronto Silent Film Festival. For more information, see Toronto Theatre Organ Society and IMDb.
TORONTO THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY: The society presents silent feature film classics the way they were originally presented in the movie palaces of yesteryear, their musical scores played on the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. The society relives this history at in the palatial surrounding's of Casa Loma's Great Hall with live accompaniment by masters of this musical art. More information.
WHEN: Monday, April 7, 2014
TIME: Film starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Meet Belinda at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, Ontario (nearest to Dupont station on the University subway line)
FILM LENGTH: About 62 minutes plus a 20- to 30-minute intermission
PRICE: $20 (includes HST and service fees)
MEETUP FEE: $2 per attendee (Please pay Belinda exact change at the meetup spot)
HOW TO BOOK
RSVP on this event page and then pay via one of the following three options:
Option # 1: Online
Option # 2: Make $20 cheque out to the Toronto Theatre Organ Society and mail to 3555 Don Mills Road, Unit[masked], Toronto M2H 3N3
Option # 3: Pay $20 cash at the door (if tickets still available)
Call Judy at (416)[masked] or email [masked] if you have any questions.
Please post the words "purchased ticket" when you purchase your ticket.
Members are responsible for purchasing their tickets directly from the Toronto Theatre Organ Society.
SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: Seating is unreserved so members will enter the seating area together and sit together as a group.
Meet Belinda at 7 p.m. in the lineup to enter the seating area or in the seating area. She is very short and will be wearing a bright pink hat. If you can't find Belinda, text or call her at (416) 879-7575.
INTERMISSION AND AFTER SHOW MEETUP SPOTS: Look for Belinda at her seat. She will have her bright pink hat on.
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