Film Series : Recently Restored 2017

The Half-Breed

1916, Allan Dwan, USA, 73 min. With Douglas Fairbanks, Alma Rubens.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 16th 3:30pm
  • Thu, Sep 21st 6:00pm
Related Films: Dawson City: Frozen Time

Fairbanks has an atypically serious role in this fascinating early anti-western that stays remarkably true to the anti-racist sentiments of the 1883 Bret Harte novella ("In the Carquinez Woods") on which it is based. He plays Lo Dorman, the offspring of an Indian woman who killed herself when his white father deserted her. Arriving in the western town of Excelsior, Lo attracts the interest of the town flirt and the jealousy of her male admirers. He retreats to the nearby woods (with spectacular scenery filmed in Sequoia National Park), but the arrival of a snake oil salesman and his Mexican mistress (Rubens) threatens the half-breed's sanctuary. The film takes a resoundingly dim view of the white townspeople; there is not an admirable one in the lot. In the end, its sympathies lie with neither the whites nor the Indians, but with the archetypal American figure of the outcast. This restoration includes elements from the excavation that is detailed in DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (playing Sept. 15 - 20). Silent film with recorded music score by Donald Sosin on Thursday. 2K DCP digital restoration from Kino Lorber. (MR)

Saturday, September 16 Live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first "Recently Restored" film on any Saturday in September, and get a ticket for the second "Recently Restored" film 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.