Kinonik in association with Mayo Street Arts presents:

Sunday Film Series: Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” (1921)

Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1 PM (doors open 12:30 PM)

Join us for a classic Hollywood silent film shown in 16mm with live musical accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz on piano!

“The Kid” (1921, 68 min.) was director Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length film and is considered one of his best. Co-starring five-year-old Coogan, whom Chaplin discovered on a Los Angeles vaudeville stage, “The Kid” is the story of a child abandoned in a limousine by his unwed mother (Purviance). When The Little Tramp finds him, he tries unsuccessfully to find a home for the boy. Obliged to keep him, The Little Tramp teaches the youngster about life on the streets and just as they have bonded and become a family, the boy’s mother returns in a bittersweet finale.

Kinonik in association with St. Lawrence Arts presents:

Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

Monday, February 17, 2020 at 7 PM

Despite failure at the box office, Steamboat Bill, Jr. rates among Buster Keaton’s best. In the role of an awkward, recent college grad (complete with ukulele and beret), Bill, Jr. (Keaton) steps into his disappointed father’s role as a steamboat pilot. Mayhem ensues as Keaton’s comic genius is unleashed, with deadpan delivery interspersed with dangerous stunts. While the movie’s failure may have cost Keaton his artistic independence, it did provide his defining moment on film – cue collapsing building façade. (Six months after its release, Walt Disney, never shy about “borrowing,” released Steamboat Willy, with Mickey Mouse at the helm.) Featuring live musical accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz.

Kinonik in association with Mayo Street Arts presents:

Sunday Film Series: Coney Island & The Idle Class

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1 PM (doors open 12:30 PM)

Join us for two classic Hollywood silent films shown in 16mm with live musical accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz on piano!

Coney Island (1917): In this silent comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and featuring Buster Keaton, Roscoe tries to dump his wife so he can enjoy the beach attractions. Buster arrives with Alice who is taken away from him by Al who loses her to Roscoe. Bathing beauties and Keystone Kops abound.

Kinonik in association with SPACE presents:

John Boulting’s Brighton Rock (1948)

Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7 PM

This underappreciated work has informed generations of British gangster films. As sadistic Pinkie, Richard Attenborough masterfully brings the unique menace of a sharply dressed, soft-spoken British gangster to life. Pinkie’s murderous self-preservation is laid bare and his cold-blooded machinations unravel after killing a bothersome reporter. Ensnared in his web is the innocent Rose (Carol Marsh). Based on what Graham Greene called an “entertainment” (with his obligatory Catholic undertones), this film is worth rediscovering. Its influence runs deep: The Krays, Layer Cake, The Long Good Friday, Sexy Beast, Get Carter, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – there’s a bit of Pinky in each.

Kinonik in association with St. Lawrence Arts presents:

Victor David Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Monday, March 16, 2020 at 7 PM

Directed by and starring Victor David Sjöström, the Phantom Carriage pushed the boundaries of narrative with flashbacks within flashbacks. Framed around a dying woman’s wish, the film weaves Grim Reaper lore around past sins, regrets, recriminations, and the terrors of alcohol. The film’s haunting special effects belie its era. Released before optical printing, the special effects were achieved through double exposure – a laborious, difficult process. The results are shockingly effective. The film was understandably influential for Ingmar Bergman, who cast Sjöström in Wild Strawberries. This screening features a fine print and live musical accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz.

Kinonik in association with Mayo Street Arts presents:

Sunday Film Series: Safety Last! (1923)

Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1 PM (doors open 12:30 PM)

The classic 1923 American silent romantic comedy film starring Harold Lloyd tells the story of a boy who leaves his small country town and heads to the big city to get a job. As soon as he makes it big his sweetheart will join him and marry him. His enthusiasm to get ahead leads to some interesting adventures! Safety Last! includes one of the most famous images from the silent film era.

Shown in 16mm with live musical accompaniment by Carolyn Swartz on piano!

12:30 doors/ 1pm show – All Ages!

Co-presented by Mayo Street Arts and Kinonik Portland