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Coming soon...

February 8th, 2008 (08:07 pm)

It's a little early for this, but the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City has announced it will show Louise Brooks and Wallace Beery in Beggars of Life on 25 April. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will accompany.

From pandorasbox.com
From The Louise Brooks Society

This is A Good Thing for several reasons.

1 - Beggars of Life has been out in a very bad, too-dark version for years. One or two years back, Eastman House restored it to what is rumored to be a beautiful spanking clean print (I've spoken *briefly* to someone who's seen it, so this isn't too far from the original source). I'm 99% sure this screening is of that restored print, which will be nice since the older version is literally too dark to make out in some spots.

2 - Screenings often mean a new dvd; it's a good way of letting the restorers know there's interest out there - if they're on the fence about it. (Like I need another dvd.)

3 - Mont Alto (or at least Rodney Sauer thereof) are the folks behind the annual ams calendar, and to my knowledge rarely / never perform this far east (their base is in Colorado).

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I've seen the Darkness version (and read about the set shennanigans in several places) - it's a gritty little hobo story. I can't buy tickets yet, but I'm definitely going.