Silent films take the screen this fall at the Dryden Theatre

Series features actors Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Gilbert and directors Cecil B. DeMille, D. W. Griffith, and King Vidor, plus many Eastman House restorations

For Release 2012-08-16

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Artist’s massive commercial success may have brought silent film into prominence again, but at Eastman House, it has always been one of the cornerstones of Dryden Theatre programs. Experience the original art this fall, September to December, as the Dryden Theatre presents a series of silents in collaboration with the University of Rochester, titled “Silent Tuesdays.” Featured will be the expressive talents of stars like Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, and John Gilbert and the artistic mastery of directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, D. W. Griffith, and King Vidor.

The series will feature battles of the sexes, Japanese volcanoes, requited and unrequited love, religious and irreligious maniacs, the French Revolution and World War I, and plenty of laughter, tears, and astonishment. Many of the screenings are new restorations courtesy of Eastman House — such as Mr. Fix-It (Oct. 2) and The Big Parade (Oct. 16) — and some screening for the first time since their original release!

And of course, because silent films were never truly silent, all screenings (except on Oct. 16) will feature live musical accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.


The September and October screenings of “Silent Tuesdays

The following films are at 8 p.m. on Tuesdays

Sept. 4 A TALE OF TWO CITIES (Frank Lloyd, US 1917, 70 min.

Sept. 11          WHY CHANGE YOUR WIFE? (Cecil B Demille, US 1920, 90 min.)

Sept. 18          THE WRATH OF THE GODS (Reginald Barker, US 1914, 56 min.)

Sept. 25          THE WHITE ROSE (D. W. Griffith, US 1923, 100 min.)

Oct. 2               MR. FIX-IT (Allan Dwan, US 1918, 50 min.)

Oct. 16            THE BIG PARADE (King Vidor, US 1925, 140 min.) 

Oct. 23            TRAPPED BY THE MORMONS (H. B. Parkinson, UK 1922, 97 min.)

Oct. 30            BEHIND THE DOOR (Irvin Willat, US 1919, 70 min.)


Each film is $8 general admission/$6 students. Learn more at (585) 271-3361 or


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