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We celebrate Mabel’s birthday today as a movie pioneer. She entered films in 1910, was a co-founding member of producer Mack Sennett’s slapstick-based Keystone Studio in 1912, directed her own films by late 1913 and briefly had her own studio, 1916-1917. Her life was often, on-screen and sometimes off, connected with Sennett, and today’s feature is their last collaboration, a genteel comedy-drama about trying to break into the movies. Directed by F. Richard Jones. 73 minutes, USA.

We begin with a few short films co-starring Mack, including The Water Nymph (1912) and Barney Oldfield’s Race for a Life (1913).

Live Piano Accompaniment by Bernie Anderson. Curated & Hosted by Ken Gordon.

All movie start times are 12:00 Noon. Central Library does not open until 1 pm, but patrons attending film screenings may enter the Dweck Center beginning at 11:45 am through the side entrance on Eastern Parkway. Introductions begin promptly at 12:00 Noon.

Please note: Children under the age of six will not be admitted to the screenings.

Image courtesy of Flicker Alley, LLC

Silent Movie Matinee is supported by Los Blancos.

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