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Sparrows

Ongoing

With live music by Donald Sosin

Introduced by Christel Schmidt, author of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

Dir. William Beaudine. 1926, 84 mins. Restored 35mm print from the Library of Congress. With Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller. Mary Pickford, America’s first major movie star, appeared in more than 200 films, ran her own production company, and co-founded United Artists with Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith. On the occasion of the publication of Christel Schmidt’s new book, Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies, this special screening features a beautifully restored 35mm print of the film that many, including Charlie Chaplin, consider to be one of Pickford’s best. With its stylized set design, and atmospheric photography, this dark Dickensian tale of orphans growing up on a baby farm, illustrates the influence of German expressionist cinema on American film in the 1920s. Library of Congress film historian Christel Schmidt will introduce the film and be present for a book signing following the screening.

​Free with Museum admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Museum members may reserve tickets in advance by calling 718 777 6800. For more information about becoming a Museum member and to join online, please click here.

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