Silent Clowns Screening This Saturday at NYPL

(released 9/6/2023)

Silent Clowns: Every One a Howell will be screening on Saturday, September 9, 2:30p.m. at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Bruno Walter Auditorium.  The Silent Clown Film Series showcases silent era rare and overlooked films with live piano accompaniment.

Every program features a spoken introduction and Q&A by film historians Steve Massa and Ben Model.

"Alice Howell was one of the great silent clowns of the silent screen – a frizzy-haired forerunner of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett – who combined feminine delicacy with out and out slapstick rough-house. Entering films in 1914, she quickly became so popular with the character of a slightly addled working-class girl, that she was launched into her own starring series. Our salute is made up of Distilled Love (1920), Her Lucky Day (1920), A Convict's Happy Bride (1920) and Under a Spell (1925)."

The afternoon of music and film is free and open to the public with registration required. Check in line begins 45 minutes prior to screening time of 2:30p.m. EDT. Register for a seat here:

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