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Free films at State Library NSW Restored and Remembered THIS EVENT HAS PASSED Location: State Library NSW, Macquarie St, Metcalfe Auditorium. Our Daily Bread (1934) A film by King Vidor 78 minutes This film edition is from acclaimed film preservationist, David Shepard, who bought King Vidor’s private copy of the film to use in this high-quality restoration. Australian born Sidney Bracey is in the cast. “King Vidor’s self-produced “Our Daily Bread” (1934) is a Depression-era tale of collectivism starring Tom Keene and Karen Morley. We follow the city-dwelling couple from the brink of an eviction notice down to the farm where a lack of know-how and need for survival leads to a system of barter and sharing and winds up with an exciting race to save the dying crops. Variety’s original 1934 review focused on the more tangible opponent in “Our Daily Bread,” when it wrote of it “…a throng of unemployed who take up squatter rights on an abandoned farm and turn it into a thriving communal collective project. On the way they have various difficulties chiefly from that ghoulish visitor of farmlands, the drought.” TCM The movie POET AND THE PUBLISHER is made up of two films: ROBERT FROST and A PUBLISHER IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS; both from 1961. Documentaries. Running Time ROBERT FROST - 27 min A PUBLISHER IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS - 25 min “The film ROBERT FROST is a documentary about the American poet. It was filmed over the course of a year while Frost stayed in his cabin in Vermont. It is a narration about the life of the poet. Mixed in are Frost’s poems, read by the man himself, with the filmed imagery. There are also a few scenes of him sitting and answering questions with some of his students. The New England setting for the film compliments the works of Frost so well. I know that there are a lot of different interpretations when it comes to literature and poetry so to see the Robert Frost involved in recreating the most literal view on film feels like it makes sense. A PUBLISHER IS KNOWN BY THE COMPANY HE KEEPS The film has been pieced together from the home movies of Alfred A. Knopf. He was a book publisher who “never published an unworthy book”. His achievements include 17 winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature and 47 Pulitzer Prize winners.” Flicker Alley The Age of Ballyhoo (1973) 51 minutes Documentary. A film by David Shepard A documentary about the film industry, narrated by ‘Gloria Swanson’, in the period between World War I and World War II. Included are clips from a variety of films of that period. Gloria Swanson, legendary star of the silent screen, narrates The Age of Ballyhoo (1973, 51 min), which is enriched with her own colourful memories, film clips and photographs. Winner of two film festival Gold Medals, two Silver Medals and three Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, this documentary is assembled from rare, authentic souvenirs of the period: songs, graphics, newsreels and movies. Among them are scenes of Swanson in Manhandled and The Love Sunya, the sound newsreel of Lindbergh’s take-off for Paris, and sound footage of the original 1927 production of Show Boat and of blues legend Bessie Smith! The Festival acknowledges the generous assistance of David Shepard, Blackhawk Films and Film Preservation Associates.

Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW

Macquarie Street · Sydney

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I formed this group because I want to share the wonderful films of the pre-sound era. Many classic films featuring Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Ozu, Hitchcock, Lang, Garbo, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks (to mention just a few) have been restored and modern audiences are discovering them and enjoying them. Comedies, dramas, horror and sci-fi and other genres started in the silent era. The films presented originated in Australia, Germany, the US, France, Russia, China, Italy and other countries.

We use restored digital versions of films (DVD or Blu Ray) and they are accompanied by live music (great musicians), sometimes with a mighty theatre organ, or soundtracks in various locations around Sydney. Although the State Library NSW in the city is the Festival’s main venue, shows take place at other sites around Sydney such as Epping and Hornsby. Films are introduced and many interesting details about actors, directors, Australian actors are presented.

We also show restored classic sound films.

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