Classic Film Screening: Watch four films for the price of one! In 1934, with the help of legendary museum director Chick Austin, Iris Barry – the first curator of MoMA‘s film department – organized the first film retrospective in an American museum at the Wadsworth Atheneum. In conjunction with Robert Sitton’s lecture on October 8 we present four films from the 1934 retrospective—Foolish Wives, The Blue Angel, Teddy at the Throttle, and The Gold Rush.
1 pm, Foolish Wives: A con artist masquerades as Russian nobility and attempts to seduce the wife of an American diplomat. 1922. USA. 117 min. Not Rated. Silent. B&W. Directed by Erich von Stroheim. Starring Rudolph Christians, Miss DuPont, and Maude George.
3 pm, The Blue Angel: An elderly professor’s ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. 1930. Germany. 124 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Starring Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich.
5:15 pm, Teddy at the Throttle: In this madcap comedy, a guardian tries to thwart the marriage of his charge Gloria by encouraging her sweetheart Bobbie to fall for his sister, in order to control Bobby’s fortune. 1917. USA. 18 min. Not Rated. Silent. B&W. Directed by Clarence G. Badger. Starring Gloria Swanson.
5:45 pm, The Gold Rush: “The Tramp” goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and much more. 1925. USA. 95 min. Not Rated. Silent. B&W. Directed by Charlie Chaplin. Starring Charlie Chaplin.