1929, Dorothy Davenport, USA, 73 min. With Helen Foster, Warner Baxter, Noah Beery.
- Sat, Oct 6th 3:00pm
"A series highlight." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
A busy actress during the 1910s, Davenport turned to filmmaking after the scandalous drug-related death of her movie-star husband Wallace Reid. Much like Lois Weber's early features, Davenport's films crusaded on the behalf of social issues, such as drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, and prostitution. In LINDA, she tones down the sensationalism to produce a lovely and sensitive film whose virtues are well-served by the excellent quality of this digital preservation. Men ain't good fer much in this tale of a backwoods gamine (Foster, channeling Mary Pickford) who is pressured by her abusive pa to marry a much older man (Beery, in an unexpectedly sympathetic spin on his usual villainous roles). A shocking revelation sets Linda on a bumpy path that includes flight, female camaraderie, high society, social work, a handsome doctor (Baxter), and a jolting, fiery climax. DCP digital. (MR)
Silent film with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.
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Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first "Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers" program on any applicable Saturday in October, and get a ticket for the second "Pioneers" program that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)