The Restoration of Rosita

Rosita Doug Lubitsch

MoMA film preservationists discuss the restoration on CBS This Morning

The Museum of Modern Art, in cooperation with the Mary Pickford Foundation, is restoring the Mary Pickford silent Rosita (1923) from the last known surviving nitrate print found at Gosfilmofond in Russia. Pickford was instrumental in bringing the German director Ernst Lubitsch to America and Rosita was the first film he made in the United States. The Pickford Foundation is providing access to our 35mm elements to assist in the restoration. Other groups partnering with MoMA include The Film Foundation and the Mayer Foundation.


Screening: Tess of the Storm Country (1914)

December 12th, 2015 at 2 pm

Presented by The Silent Treatment at the Cinefamily

Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

The earliest surviving Mary Pickford feature, Tess of the Storm Country (1914) catapulted Pickford from popular performer to motion picture megastar, inspired exhibitors to crown Pickford “America’s Sweetheart,” and spurred studio head Adolph Zukor to raise her salary, making her the world’s highest paid actress.

In the film, Pickford stars as Tessibel Skinner, a poor but feisty squatter on the blustery shores of New York’s Cayuga Lake who rises to heroism when her father (David Hartford) is falsely imprisoned for murder. When Tess agrees to care for the illegitimate baby of a wealthy friend (Olive Golden), she risks losing the love of Frederick (Harold Lockwood) and is condemned by his father, the unforgiving minister Elias Graves (W.R. Walters).

This groundbreaking melodrama was recently preserved by the Paramount Archives in cooperation with the Mary Pickford Foundation. Directed by Edwin S. Porter, written by B.P. Schulberg and based on the 1909 novel by Grace Miller White. 80 min.

Live accompaniment from Cliff Retallick

$12/free for members of Cinefamily

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USC Graduation 2015

On May 15th, 2015, producer-director (and USC class of 1986 alumnus) Jay Roach delivered the commencement address at the USC School of Cinematic Arts graduation at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Roach presented screenwriter and producer Melissa Rosenberg with the Mary Pickford Foundation Alumni Award.
 


Mistress Nell in Toronto

On Friday, April 10th, the Toronto Silent Film Festival will screen Mistress Nell (1915) in honor of the film’s centennial. After 100 years, Mary Pickford still sparkles in this charming historical romance as the feisty Nell Gwyn, mistress to King Charles II (played by her first husband Owen Moore). Also showing is newsreel footage of Mary and Douglas Fairbanks on their 1924 visit to Toronto, the city of Pickford’s birth. The screening will feature live accompaniment by Jordan Klapman and will be followed by a reception. The TSFF website has all the details.

To view another clip from Mistress Nell, click here.

 


Tess 1914 at Cinefest

On Saturday, March 21st, the annual classic film event Cinefest will screen Tess of the Storm Country (1914), the earliest surviving feature starring Mary Pickford. Recently preserved by the Paramount Archives and including some elements provided by the Mary Pickford Foundation, Tess was the breakout role for a young Pickford, who shot to international stardom due to the film’s success. Cinefest is held in Syracuse, New York and is presented by the Syracuse Cinephile Society. Visit the Cinefest site for more details.


Malcolm Boyd 1923-2015

Malcolm-B-and-MaryFebruary 28th, 2015

The Mary Pickford Foundation wishes to acknowledge the passing of Mary Pickford’s friend and former business partner Malcolm Boyd. P.R.B. (which stood for Pickford-Rogers-Boyd) was the name of their radio and television production company.

Read more about Boyd’s life and legacy here.


Little Annie Rooney Restoration Premiere

November 3, 2014

The third Annual Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Mary Pickford Foundation, will host the world premiere of the Academy Film Archive’s restoration of Little Annie Rooney (1925) from Mary Pickford’s own 35mm nitrate print held in the Mary Pickford Collection at the Library of Congress.

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Little Annie Rooney Restoration Premiere

On November 3rd, the third Annual Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Mary Pickford Foundation, will host the world premiere of the Academy Film Archive’s restoration of Little Annie Rooney (1925) from Mary Pickford’s own 35mm nitrate print held in the Mary Pickford Collection at the Library of Congress.

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Sparrows in New York

October 11th, 2014

Mary Pickford’s Sparrows (1926) will be screened on Saturday, October 11th at 2:30 p.m. at the Bruno Walter Auditorium inside the New York Public Library for Performing Arts in New York City. The Sparrows matinee, utilizing a restored 35mm print from the Library of Congress, is part of “The Silent Clowns” film series and will be introduced by Jeffrey Vance, with piano accompaniment by Ben Model. Click here for tickets and details.


The Hoodlum in Huntington, NY

On September 16th, silent film accompanist Ben Model will be performing a score for The Hoodlum, a Mary Pickford comedy from 1919, at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, New York. Don’t miss your chance to see Pickford in a role that Variety claimed “will send them away delighted and happy,” with live music by one of the leading silent film accompanists in the industry. Visit the Cinema Arts Centre website for tickets and details.


Pickford Films at Cinecon 50

The Mary Pickford Foundation is pleased to announce the West Coast debut of Their First Misunderstanding, the 1911 Mary Pickford short film discovered in a New Hampshire barn and restored by the Library of Congress in 2013, at the 50th Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival.

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Pickford Celebrated in NYC Summer 2014

The Mary Pickford Foundation and the Silent Clowns Film Series presents MARY PICKFORD: SWEETHEART – SUPERSTAR!, a special series featuring four of Mary Pickford’s most popular comedy and drama features this summer in New York City. Catch Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) on May 10th, Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918) along with the shorts Their First Misunderstanding (1911) and They Would Elope (1909) on June 14th, A Little Princess along with the shorts The School Teacher and the Waif (1912) and Love Among the Roses (1910) on July 12th, and Stella Maris (1918) along with the shorts The Englishman and the Girl (1910) and The Dream (1911) on August 2nd. Films are screened at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the back of Lincoln Center and will feature live accompaniment by Ben Model. Visit the SCFS site for tickets and details.


Pickford Celebrated in NYC Summer 2014

The Mary Pickford Foundation and the Silent Clowns Film Series presents MARY PICKFORD: SWEETHEART – SUPERSTAR!, a special series featuring four of Mary Pickford’s most popular comedy and drama features this summer in New York City. Catch Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921) on May 10th, Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918) along with the shorts Their First Misunderstanding (1911) and They Would Elope (1909) on June 14th, A Little Princess along with the shorts The School Teacher and the Waif (1912) and Love Among the Roses (1910) on July 12th, and Stella Maris (1918) along with the shorts The Englishman and the Girl (1910) and The Dream (1911) on August 2nd. Films are screened at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the back of Lincoln Center and will feature live accompaniment by Ben Model. Visit the SCFS site for tickets and details.


Newly Scored Biographs in Malibu

April 12th, 2014

Join the Mary Pickford Foundation and Pepperdine University in Malibu for the world premiere of three original music scores for Mary Pickford films. Student composers Matthew Aune, Andy Gladbach and Thomas B. Yee have scored the 1912 Biographs A Lodging for the Night, The School Teacher and the Waif, and So Near, Yet So Far. Admission is free. Click here for more details.


Pepperdine New Music with Film

On Saturday April 12th, the Mary Pickford Foundation and Pepperdine University present the world premiere of three original music scores for Mary Pickford films. Student composers Matthew Aune, Andy Gladbach and Thomas B. Yee have scored the 1912 Biographs A Lodging for the Night, The School Teacher and the Waif, and So Near, Yet So Far. The films will be screened in the Pepperdine Amphitheater with accompaniment by the Pickford Ensemble under the direction of N. Lincoln Hanks. Admission is free. For more details, visit the Pepperdine Fine Arts Division site.


Cinefest 2014: MPF Presents Fanchon the Cricket

“There was never a sweeter cricket than Fanchon … and there was never a Fanchon like Mary Pickford,” said The Moving Picture World upon Fanchon the Cricket‘s 1915 release. Adapted by Frances Marion from a George Sand novel, the film was believed to be lost for decades. In the 1990s three of five reels were discovered in England, and now the Mary Pickford Foundation is pleased to announce a screening of the complete feature at Cinefest 2014 in Syracuse, N.Y.

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Rags at Hollywood Heritage

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

The Mary Pickford Foundation and the Hollywood Heritage Museum present an Evening at the Barn with two early Pickford performances, Rags (1915) and the Biograph short A Lodging for the Night (1912), featuring original accompaniment by Andrew Manley. Join us for these rarely-screened gems at 7:30 pm at the Barn on Highland. To reserve a seat, visit Brown Paper Tickets.


Early Mary Pickford at Hollywood Heritage

On Wednesday, March 5th, the Mary Pickford Foundation and the Hollywood Heritage Museum present an Evening at the Barn with early Mary Pickford rarities. Wildly popular upon its 1915 release, Rags is one of the oldest surviving Pickford blockbusters. In the film, Mary plays both a spirited waif and her mother alongside Mary’s future director Marshall Neilan. Preceding the feature will be the 1912 Biograph short A Lodging for the Night, accompanied by Andrew Manley. The show begins at 7:30 pm at the Barn on Highland. To reserve a seat, visit Brown Paper Tickets.


Griffith’s Biographs at the Egyptian

January 25th, 2014

Retro Format Films on 8mm presents A Retrospective of D.W. Griffith’s Biograph Films, Part 1. These rare silents include The Adventures of Dollie (1908), The Curtain Pole (1909), Resurrection (1909) and others, featuring live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Click here for tickets and details.


Frank Capra Silent in Palo Alto

January 24th – 26th, 2014

As part of their Frank Capra Festival, the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto will screen the rare Capra silent That Certain Thing (1928) featuring Dennis James at the mighty Wurlitzer, followed by It Happened One Night (1934). Click here for tickets and details.


Fairbanks in Fremont, CA

January 18th, 2014

Join the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, CA as they celebrate the ninth anniversary of their Saturday Night Silents with a screening of The Mark of Zorro. The 1920 Douglas Fairbanks feature will be preceded by Chaplin and Broncho Billy shorts, featuring Frederick Hodges on piano accompaniment. Click here for tickets and details.


Intolerance at the Aero

January 12th, 2014

The American Cinematheque presents D.W. Griffith’s landmark silent Intolerance (1916) at the historic Aero Theater in Santa Monica. Click here for tickets and details.


The Patent Leather Kid in Hollywood

January 8th, 2014

The Silent Treatment and the Cinefamily present The Patent Leather Kid (1927), a rarely-shown drama starring Richard Barthelmess and Molly O’Day. Featuring live music by Cinefamily accompanist Cliff Retallick at the historic Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood. Click here for tickets and details.


Chaplin Centennial in NYC

January 1st through January 7th, 2014

Join New York City’s Film Forum as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s film debut. Catch recently restored classics like The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928) and The Great Dictator (1940), plus rare early shorts and the 1983 documentary Unknown Chaplin. Click here for showtimes, tickets and details.


Easy Street in Fremont, CA

December 28th, 2013

Kick off the Charlie Chaplin 2014 centennial celebration early at the Niles-Essanay Film Museum in Fremont, CA. Catch a showing of the Chaplin comedy Easy Street (1917) and comedy shorts with Buster Keaton, Charley Chase, and Laurel & Hardy. All films feature Frederick Hodges on piano. Click here for tickets and details.


Silent Scrooge in El Segundo

December 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2013

Celebrate Christmas at the historic Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA with a special screening of the silent Scrooge (1922) preceded by a selection of classic Christmas comedy shorts. All films feature accompaniment on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. Click here for tickets and details.


Gregory La Cava Silents at UCLA

December 15th, 2013

UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a double dose of early Gregory La Cava comedies. His Nibs (1921) features comedian “Chic” Sale, and Feel My Pulse (1928) stars Bebe Daniels, both with live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Click here for tickets and details.


Keaton and Chaplin in Chicago

December 14th, 2013

Catch two classic silent comedies in 35mm at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago. At 3:00 Buster Keaton stars in Sherlock Jr. (1924), followed by Charlie Chaplin in City Lights (1931). Sherlock Jr. will feature live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.


Mae Marsh Feature in Fremont, CA

December 14th, 2013

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, CA presents the rarely-screened Hoodoo Ann (1916), written by D.W. Griffith, directed by Lloyd Ingraham and starring Mae Marsh and Robert Harron. Two comedy shorts will precede the feature, and Judy Rosenberg will provide piano accompaniment. Click here for tickets and details.


William S. Hart at the Egyptian

December 14th, 2013

The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will celebrate Retro Format’s 4th anniversary in the Spielberg Theatre with the William S. Hart feature Wagon Tracks (1919) on 8mm. Featuring live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick and a selection of D.W. Griffith shorts also on 8mm. Click here for tickets and details.


Laurel and Hardy in El Segundo

December 13th, 14th and 15th, 2013

Join the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA for Laurel and Hardy’s family-friendly comedy Babes in Toyland (1934). Click here for tickets and details.


Ninotchka in Chicago

December 8th, 2013

The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago presents what may be the finest film directed by Mary Pickford’s discovery, Ernst Lubitsch. Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas star in Ninotchka (1939), Garbo’s first comedy and penultimate appearance in motion pictures. Click here for tickets and details.


Early Fairbanks Short in Fremont, CA

December 7th, 2013

Join the Niles Essanay Film Museum in Fremont, CA for a night of silent shorts. Douglas Fairbanks stars in Flirting With Fate (1916), Felix the Cat stars in Felix Flirts With Fate (1926), and Lloyd Hamilton stars in Somebody’s Fault (1927), all featuring piano accompaniment by Judy Rosenberg. Click here for tickets and details.


The Ten Commandments at the Egyptian

December 4th, 2013

Join the American Cinematheque for the 90th anniversary of Cecil B. DeMille’s silent masterpiece The Ten Commandments (1923), starring Estelle Taylor and Theodore Roberts. The screening will be accompanied by a string-and-horn ensemble led by Cliff Retallick, at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre where the film premiered in 1923. Click here for tickets and details.


The Barker in Rochester, NY

December 3rd, 2013

See Douglas Fairbanks Jr.’s first part-talking picture The Barker (1928) at the Eastman House Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY. Also starring Dorothy Mackaill and Milton Sills, The Barker was remade in 1933 as Hoopla starring Clara Bow. Click here for tickets and details.


Keaton and Chaplin at Lincoln Center

December 12th, 2013

Join the Silent Clowns series at New York’s Lincoln Center for a screening of Buster Keaton’s first feature film Three Ages (1923), preceded by the 1922 Charlie Chaplin short Pay Day. Both films will be accompanied by Ben Model on piano. Click here for tickets and details.


The Scarlet Letter in Rochester, NY

November 26th, 2013

See Mary Pickford’s close friend Lillian Gish in The Scarlet Letter (1926) at the Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY. Recently restored by the George Eastman House and the UCLA Film & Television Archive, this Victor Sjostrom-directed drama also stars Lars Hanson and will feature live piano accompaniment by Philip Carli. Click here for tickets and details.


The Great Dictator in El Segundo

November 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2013

Charlie Chaplin’s first talking picture The Great Dictator (1940), starring Chaplin, Paulette Goddard and Jack Oakie, will be showing at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA. Click here for tickets and details.


Griffith and Gish at the Egyptian

November 16th, 2013

Retro Format presents the 1919 D.W Griffith silent True Heart Susie starring Lillian Gish, screened in 8mm glory at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Also showing are three Griffith Biograph shorts featuring Gish, all accompanied live by Cliff Retallick on the piano. Click here for tickets and details.


Buster Keaton at Film Forum Jr.

November 10th, 2013

New York City’s Film Forum Jr. is holding a special screening of Buster Keaton’s silent comedy classic Steamboat Bill Jr (1928) for kids. The event will feature live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner and will be followed by a Great Stone Face Contest. Click here for tickets and details.


Fritz Lang Silent in Fremont, CA

November 9th, 2013

Join the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, CA this Saturday night for Fritz Lang’s late-era silent Woman in the Moon (1929), preceded by the Harold Lloyd short Spring Fever (1919) with live accompaniment provided by Jon Mirsalis. Click here for tickets and details.


Ben Hur in El Segundo

November 8th, 9th and 10th, 2013

The Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo brings the acclaimed silent epic Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) to the big screen as it was meant to be seen. Starring Ramon Novarro and Francis X. Bushman – and reportedly featuring Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks as onlookers in the chariot race scene – the film will be accompanied by Bill Field on the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. Click here for tickets and details.


Tol’able David at Lincoln Center

November 7th, 2013

The Silent Clowns Film Series at New York City’s Lincoln Center presents a screening of the 1921 drama Tol’able David, starring Richard Barthelmess and directed by Henry King. Pianist Ben Model will provide live accompaniment and a 1924 Charley Chase short will precede the feature. Click here for tickets and details.


Paths to Paradise at the Silent Movie Theatre

November 6th, 2013

Join The Silent Treatment and the Cinefamily as they present the only surviving print of Paths to Paradise, a 1925 comedy starring Raymond Griffith and Betty Compson and directed by Clarence Badger, along with the 1925 short Hold My Baby. Click here for tickets and details.


The Pepperdine/Pickford Short Film Composition Project

The Mary Pickford Foundation has provided a scholarship grant to Pepperdine University students to compose and perform original music for Biograph short films starring Mary Pickford. Students will be composing scores for the 1912 short films, The School Teacher and the Waif; So Near, Yet So Far and A Lodging for the Night. Filmmaker, archivist, musician and Grammy winner Alan Boyd will be working with the Foundation’s Elaina Archer and Henry Stotsenberg in this endeavor.

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Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film

October 22nd and 24th, 2013

Join the Mary Pickford Foundation and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as we present two classics of silent cinema as part of the Mary Pickford Celebration of Silent Film. King Vidor’s acclaimed drama The Crowd (1928), starring James Murray and Eleanor Boardman, screens October 22nd. On the 24th, Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer team up for the romance The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1928), directed by Mary Pickford’s discovery Ernst Lubitsch. Both films feature an original score by Carl Davis and will be introduced by historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow. Visit Oscars.org for tickets and details.


Nosferatu in Santa Monica

October 31st, 2013

Join the American Cinematheque this Halloween as they screen the original vampire thriller Nosferatu (1922) at Santa Monica’s Aero Theater. Click here for tickets and more details.


Applause at UCLA

October 18th, 2013

Join the UCLA Film & Television Archive as they present a restored print of the early sound classic Applause (1929) at the Billy Wilder Theater. Director Rouben Mamoulian — who would later direct The Gay Desperado for producer Mary Pickford — used the latest sound recording technology to create a realistic backstage drama starring Helen Morgan and Joan Peers. Click here for tickets and more details.


Halloween Classics in El Segundo

October 11th, 12th, 13th & October 18th, 19th, 20th

Catch two early horror classics at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, CA. Director F.W. Murnau’s innovative 1922 vampire film Nosferatu runs Oct. 11-13, and Tod Browning’s 1931 talkie masterpiece Dracula runs Oct. 18-20. Click here for tickets and more details.


The Phantom of the Opera at Lincoln Center

October 12th, 2013

The Lincoln Center Silent Clowns series is taking a break from clowning to present the original uncut 1925 version of The Phantom of the Opera just in time for Halloween. Starring Lon Chaney and Mary Philbin and directed by Rupert Julian, this silent classic will be accompanied by pianist Ben Model. Click here for tickets and more details.


Long-Lost Pickford Film Discovered

Their First Misunderstanding (1911) was Mary Pickford’s first short for Carl Laemmle’s IMP studio after she left the Biograph Company in late 1910. (Read more about Mary’s IMP experience here and here.) Long considered a “lost” film, this treasure was discovered in a New Hampshire barn and recently donated to Keene State College, which worked with the Library of Congress to restore the film.

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Rare Pickford Short Screening in N.H.

October 11th, 2013

The Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College in New Hampshire will host the world re-premiere of the recently discovered Mary Pickford short Their First Misunderstanding. Long believed lost, this 1911 film stars Pickford along with her first husband Owen Moore. Also showing is The Dream, another 1911 short with Pickford and Moore, and the 1926 feature Sparrows. Click here for tickets and details.


My Best Girl in Jersey City

October 6th, 2013

The historic 1929 Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, N.J. presents Mary Pickford’s final silent My Best Girl, co-starring Charles “Buddy” Rogers and directed by Sam Taylor, along with Charley Chase’s final silent short Movie Night (1929). Both films will be screened in 35 mm and accompanied by Bernie Anderson, Jr on the Wonder Morton Theatre Pipe Organ. Click here for tickets and details.


Long-Lost Short Films Screened in NYC

September 29th & 30th

Join New York City’s Film Forum for Lost… Now Found, a special screening of five short films believed to be lost until recently discovered in archives: Hello, Pop! (1933) starring The Three Stooges in a rare Technicolor two-reeler, the Depression-themed short Your Technocracy And Mine (1933), the Vitaphone comedy Gobs of Fun (1933), and two 1928 Vitaphone vaudeville shorts, Sharps and Flats and The Beau Brummels. Click here for tickets and details.


Chaplin’s City Lights in Arkansas

September 29th, 2013

Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 masterpiece City Lights will screen at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas as part of the Art for the Citizen Symposium. The Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Chaplin’s own score along with the film. Click here for more details.


Clara Bow in Mantrap

September 22nd, 2013

Watch firecracker Clara Bow show off her abundance of “it” in Victor Fleming’s 1926 comedy Mantrap, screening at the Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Click here for tickets and details.


Silent Short Comedies in Fremont, CA

September 21st, 2013

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum continues their ongoing series of silent shorts on Saturday nights with four comedies starring Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy. Screening at the Edison Theater in Fremont, CA with piano accompaniment by Frederick Hodges. Click here for tickets and details.


Keaton’s The General in El Segundo

September 20th, 21st and 22nd, 2013

See Buster Keaton’s iconic silent comedy The General (1926) on the big screen at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo this weekend, featuring live accompaniment by Bill Field on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ. Click here for tickets and details.


2013 Buster Keaton Convention

October 4th & 5th, 2013

The town of Muskegon, MI, where Buster Keaton spent much of his childhood, will host the 19th Annual Buster Keaton Convention. The event will include special guests, a 1926 party and screenings of such Keaton silents as The Iron Mule and Our Hospitality. Click here for more details.


Cinesation Film Festival in Ohio

September 26th – 29th, 2013

The 2013 Fall Cinesation film preservation festival will begin Sept. 26th at the Lincoln Theater in Massillon, Ohio. This year’s selection of rare classics includes His Picture in the Papers, a 1916 Douglas Fairbanks comedy directed by John Emerson. Click here for more details.


Intolerance at the Egyptian

September 22nd, 2013

Catch D.W. Griffith’s 1916 classic Intolerance on the big screen at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Restored with original tinting, this silent epic features a musical score written and conducted by Carl Davis. Click here for tickets and details.


Silent Comedies at MoMA

September 11th – 17th, 2013

Join the Museum of Modern Art in NYC as they present “Lame Brains and Lunatics: Cruel and Unusual Comedy Part 4” (1912-1928), a festival of silent slapstick comedies screened at the The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. All films are introduced by author Steve Massa and accompanied by Ben Model. Click here for tickets and details.


Talmadge Sisters Silent Double Feature

September 4th, 2013

Catch Mary Pickford’s friends, film-star sisters Constance and Norma Talmadge in a double feature from The Silent Treatment. Breakfast at Sunrise (1927) stars Constance and Latin lover Don Alvarado, and Camille (also 1927) stars Norma and Gilbert Roland in a rare version of the classic romance made from the only known surviving print. Films are shown the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood, with live music by resident Cinefamily accompanist Cliff Retallick. Tickets and more details can be found here.


Charlie Chaplin Festival in Ireland

August 22nd – 25th, 2013

All Chaplin, comedy and silent film fans should try and make it to the third annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival, a huge event for the village of Waterville on the Ring of Kerry in the South West of Ireland. The festival features screenings of Chaplin classics, special guests, stand-up comedy, a film competition and much more. Click here for more details.


Ninotchka at the Dryden Theatre

August 22nd, 2013

Seventeen years after Mary Pickford brought Ernst Lubitsch to the U.S. he directed his comedic masterpiece Ninotchka, starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. Catch this 1940 classic on the big screen at the George Eastman House’s Dryden Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. Click here for tickets and details.


Ray Harryhausen Tribute in NYC

August 13th – September 3rd, 2013

Join New York City’s Film Forum as they pay tribute to the late special effects master and recipient of USC’s 2007 Mary Pickford Foundation Alumni Award, Ray Harryhausen. Film Forum will screen double features of Harryhausen’s films on Tuesdays through September 3. Click here for tickets and showtimes.


Mary Pickford Foundation at Cinecon 2013

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Join the Mary Pickford Foundation and the 2013 Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood for a special screening of two Mary Pickford films, The Pride of the Clan (1917) and The School Teacher and the Waif (1912). Co-starring Matt Moore and directed by Maurice Tourneur, The Pride of the Clan features Pickford on the cusp of her worldwide stardom, while D.W. Griffith’s Biograph short The School Teacher and the Waif stars Mary in her first ‘waif’ role. For more details visit the Cinecon website here.


Mary Pickford Foundation at Cinecon 2013

Exciting news for all Cinephiles and silent fans: on this Labor Day weekend the Mary Pickford Foundation will join the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival in Hollywood for a special screening of two Mary Pickford films, The Pride of the Clan and The School Teacher and the WaifThe Pride of the Clan has not been shown in Los Angeles in over 20 years, and this rare Biograph short has not been on the big screen in decades.

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Free Valentino Silent in San Diego

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The 26th Annual Summer International Organ Festival in San Diego presents Silent Movie Night with accompanist Dennis James on Monday, August 19 at 7:30 pm. See The Eagle (1925) starring Rudolph Valentino free of charge with live organ accompaniment at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.


Early Clara Bow Film at the Egyptian

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

See a young Clara Bow in one of her first performances as the American Cinematheque presents Down to the Sea in Ships (1922) at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Directed by Elmer Clifton and starring Raymond McKee, the film will feature live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Tickets and details are here.


The General in Tampa, FL

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Catch a screening of The General, the 1926 United Artists comedy starring Buster Keaton and Marion Mack, in an actual 1926 movie palace. The historic Tampa Theatre in Tampa, FL will present the film with live Wurlitzer organ accompaniment as part of their Summer Classics series. Click here for tickets and details.


Mary Pickford Screening in Finland

August 30th & 31st, 2013

The 14th annual Forssa Silent Film Festival in Finland will pay tribute to ‘Divine Ladies of the Silent Film Era’ this August as they screen the films of Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Louise Brooks and others. The festival kicks off on August 30th with The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917), Mary’s star vehicle written by Frances Marion and directed by Maurice Tourneur, and on August 31st Mary stars in Sparrows, the 1926 classic directed by William Beaudine. All films are screened at a 1906 movie house, the oldest functioning movie theater in Europe. Visit the website here, or here for an English translation.


Silent Clowns at Lincoln Center

Saturdays through August 3rd

Enjoy some silent comedies this summer as the Silent Clowns Film Series screens rare 35mm prints from the Library of Congress at Lincoln Center in NYC. On July 20th, Edward Everett Horton, Clara Bow and Baby Peggy star in Helen’s Babies (1924), and on August 3rd Mack Sennett star Louise Fazenda stars in Footloose Widows (1926). All shows feature live accompaniment by Ben Model. Visit the website for more screenings and details.


Silent Summer in Chicago

July 19th – August 23rd, 2013

Join the The Silent Film Society of Chicago for their annual “Silent Summer” Film Festival, Fridays through Aug. 23rd at the historic Des Plaines Theater. This year’s line-up includes favorites such as The Sheik (1921), The Patsy (1928) and The Flapper (1920), starring Jack Pickford’s first wife Olive Thomas and written by Mary Pickford’s frequent collaborator Frances Marion. Click here for more information.


Intolerance in NYC

August 2nd – 8th, 2013

Don’t miss Film Forum’s NYC screening of the “overwhelmingly spectacular” 1916 epic Intolerance, directed and produced by Mary Pickford’s first director D.W. Griffith. Featuring an original score by Carl Davis performed by the Luxembourg Radio Symphony Orchestra, the film has been restored with its original color tinting. Click here for tickets and details.


Hitchcock Silents at AFI

July 26th and July 28th, 2013

Catch a pair of early Hitchcock classics at AFI’s Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD. The silent version of Blackmail (1929) will screen Friday, July 26th and The Ring (1927) will screen on Sunday, July 28th. Both programs feature live accompaniment by the Mont Alto Picture Orchestra. Click here for tickets and details.


Cinderella in Omaha, NE

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Join the Omaha Conservatory of Music as they premiere composer Maria Newman’s new score for the 1914 Mary Pickford silent Cinderella, co-starring Pickford’s then-husband Owen Moore. Newman’s score will be performed by the Summer Institute Cinema Orchestra at the Westside Middle School Performing Arts Center in Omaha, NE. Click here for tickets and more details.


Ben-Hur in Somerville, MA

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

As part of their Silents Please silent film series, the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA will screen the 1925 classic Ben-Hur, directed by Fred Niblo, starring Ramon Novarro and featuring Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks as crowd extras in the chariot race scene. Click here for tickets and more details.


Of Human Bondage in Palo Alto

July 3rd- July 5th, 2013

Catch Mary Pickford’s Secrets co-star Leslie Howard onscreen with Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage (1934) this weekend at the historic Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, CA. Click here for tickets and more details.


Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival in Fremont, CA

June 28th – 30th, 2013

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, CA will hold their 16th Annual Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival this weekend, featuring screenings of classic features and shorts with live accompaniment. Films include Show People (1928), starring Mary Pickford’s close friend Marion Davies, and one of the first animated films ever made, Charles-Émile Reynaud’s Pauvre Pierrot (1892). Click here for tickets and details.


Allan Dwan Exhibition at MoMA

June 5th – July 8th, 2013

In NYC? Catch the rest of Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios, MoMA’s retrospective of frequent Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks director Allan Dwan. Dozens of Dwan’s films will be screened with live piano accompaniment and panel discussions. Click here for more details.


Chicago at the Paramount Ranch

July 21st, 2013

Bring a picnic and see the 1928 silent version of Chicago under the stars at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. This Cecil B. DeMille production starring Phyllis Haver was the first filmed version of the Oscar-winning 2002 musical. Click here for tickets and details.


Hitchcock’s Blackmail – Silent and Sound

June 18th, 2013

See the silent and the sound versions of Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail (1929) at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night. Commonly known as the first British “talkie,” Hitchcock also shot a silent version for theaters not yet equipped for sound. Both versions will be screened, the silent accompanied by Michael Mortilla. Visit Oscars.org for tickets and details.


San Francisco Silent Film Festival

July 18th – 21st, 2013

Got your tickets for the 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival? This year’s program includes the rarely seen silent version of Louise Brooks’ final feature Prix de Beauté (1930), King Vidor’s madcap 1928 comedy The Patsy starring Marion Davies, and a newly restored print of The Half-Breed, a 1916 Douglas Fairbanks western. Click here for tickets and details.


Dressed to Kill in Hollywood

July 10th, 2013

Join the Cinefamily and The Silent Treatment for a screening of the 1928 silent Dressed to Kill, starring Mary Astor and Edmund Lowe. Organist Cliff Retallick will provide accompaniment. Visit the Cinefamily site for more details.


Charlie Chaplin Days

June 1st & 2nd, 2013

Join the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont, CA for Charlie Chaplin Days, a celebration honoring Mary Pickford’s friend and United Artists partner. The two-day event will feature screenings of early Chaplin short films accompanied by Bruce Loeb on piano, a Chaplin look-alike contest and more. Click here for details.


Pola Negri at the Cinefamily

June 5th, 2013

The Silent Treatment and the Cinefamily shine the spotlight on silent vixen Pola Negri this June with a screening of the rarely-seen Barbed Wire (1927) at the historic Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood. The archival 16mm print from the George Eastman House will be projected with live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick, Click here for tickets and details.


Stella Maris at Cinevent

May 26th, 2013

Mary Pickford’s 1918 dramatic masterpiece Stella Maris will be screened as part of this year’s Cinevent festival in Columbus, OH. Featuring a dual role by Pickford and co-starring Conway Tearle and Ida Waterman, this Marshall Neilan-directed classic will feature live accompaniment. Visit Cinevent for more details.


Mae West at the Egyptian

May 30th, 2013

See Mary Pickford’s first husband Owen Moore star alongside sex icon Mae West in the 1933 pre-code classic She Done Him Wrong, screening as a double feature with I’m No Angel (also 1933) at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Click here for tickets and details.


Silent Shorts at the Aero

May 17th, 2013

Join Flicker Alley and the American Cinematheque as they present an evening of silent comedies at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Pianist Cliff Retallick will accompany the short films of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Georges Méliès and others. Click here for tickets and details.


Blood and Sand

May 11th, 2013

Spend your Saturday night with silent heartthrob Rudolph Valentino as Retro Format West screens the 1922 classic Blood and Sand in West Los Angeles, featuring live piano accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Click here for tickets and details.


Chaplin in NYC

May 5th, 2013

Bring the kids to a matinee of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921), presented by New York City’s Film Forum as part of their Film Forum Jr. program. Click here for tickets and details.


My Best Girl in Toronto

April 8th, 2013

Join the Toronto Silent Film Festival and the Toronto Theatre Organ Society as they celebrate Mary Pickford’s birthday with a screening of My Best Girl (1927), the Toronto native’s final silent film, accompanied by Clark Wilson on the Mighty Wurlitzer. Visit the TSFF site for details.


Chaplin Double Feature

April 21st & 22nd, 2013

Celebrate Charlie’s birthday with a double feature of two Chaplin classics at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood. A restored print of The Gold Rush (1925) will be followed by The Kid (1921), co-starring Jackie Coogan and Edna Purviance. Check out the New Beverly calendar for more details.


My Best Girl in San Diego

May 11th, 2013

Catch Mary Pickford’s silent swan song My Best Girl (1927) at the Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, featuring live organ accompaniment by Russ Peck. The classic romantic comedy also stars Charles ‘Buddy’ Rogers and is directed by Sam Taylor. Visit the San Diego Symphony’s website for details.


Jeffrey Vance Examining Archival Film Holdings

Film historian, producer, archivist and author Jeffrey Vance is currently examining and enhancing the catalogued records of the Mary Pickford Foundation holdings on deposit at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Mr. Vance will make a definitive and complete inventory for the Foundation, inspecting film elements to determine physical condition, editions, versions, sources and derivatives. Mr. Vance will identify the earliest preservation material available for each title and offer recommendations to the Foundation.

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Ernst Lubitsch Screenings

March 28 2013 – March 30 2013

This month check out some classics by director Ernst Lubitsch — the man Mary Pickford brought to Hollywood — with screenings at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood and the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) screens on March 29th and 30th at the New Beverly,Ninotchka (1939) is on March 28th at the Aero, and on March 29th the Aero will show a double feature of The Shop Around the Corner (1940) and The Merry Widow (1934). See the websites for tickets and details.


The Hunchback of Notre Dame: 90th Anniversary

March 10 2013 

Join AFI’s Silver Theatre in Maryland for a special 90th anniversary screening of Universal’s classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Starring Lon Chaney and directed by Wallace Worsley, the 1923 silent will be shown with live musical accompaniment by Gabriel Thibaudeau and his ensemble.


Stage Struck

March 06 2013

Before Gloria Swanson joined Mary Pickford at United Artists, she was one of Paramount’s most popular stars. Catch Swanson in the rarely seen 1925 comedy Stage Struck at the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood. Part of the Silent Treatment series presented by the Cinefamily and the Academy, Stage Struck will feature live piano accompaniment.


SCMSC Conference

March 06 2013 – March 10 2013

The Mary Pickford Foundation’s Resident Scholar Cari Beauchamp will be giving a presentation on the machinations behind the wedding of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks at the annual Society of Cinema & Media Studies Conference in Chicago. “No Path to Follow: The Marriage of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks” will be part of the Modeling Marriage: Star Couples and the Politics of Sex and Scandal in Hollywood Romance session on Saturday, March 9th at the Drake Hotel.


UCLA Festival of Preservation

March 01 2013 – March 30 2013

Celebrate classic film preservation all month long at UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater. From March 1st through March 30th, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will screen a wide array of recently restored films such as the 1950 noir Gun Crazy, the 1926 Clara Bow comedy Mantrap, the little-seen 1933 thriller Supernatural, rare newsreels, a series of short films from the 1910s and much more. Tickets and festival passes can be purchased here.


Laurel and Hardy Film Festival

January 25 2013 – January 27 2013

The historic Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo will pay tribute to comedic duo Laurel and Hardy by screening several of their classic films. Visit their site for more details.


The Great Dictator

January 17 2013 

Join the American Cinematheque and Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theatre as they pay tribute to Charlie Chaplin as a director by screening his 1940 sound masterpiece The Great Dictator, also starring Paulette Goddard, Reginald Gardiner and Jack Oakie. For tickets and details click here.


Call Her Savage: Clara Bow Hits the Screen

January 04 2013 – February 10 2013

The UCLA Film & Television Archive will pay tribute to screen great Clara Bow with a series of screenings and a personal appearance by David Stenn, author of Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild. For schedule and tickets, click here.


A Charlie Chaplin Christmas

December 21 2012 – December 23 2012

Celebrate Christmas with a silent icon as the American Cinematheque screens a series of favorite Chaplin classics. Modern Times, City Lights, The Gold Rush and The Kid will be shown at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, while the Aero in Santa Monica will screen The Circus and the 1918 short A Dog’s Life. Visit the Cinematheque website for showtimes and tickets.


A Century Ago: The Films of 1912

December 13 2012 

Join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as they present a selection of films made 100 years ago. Featuring 1912 silents from Biograph, Essanay, Keystone and Vitagraph studios, the program will be presented on a 1909 hand-cranked motion picture machine and accompanied by Michael Mortilla’s live music. Visit Oscars.org for tickets. At the Pickford Center on Vine Street in Hollywood.


A Century Ago: The Films of 1912

December 10 2012

Join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA as they present a selection of films made 100 years ago. Featuring 1912 silents from Biograph, Essanay, Keystone and Vitagraph studios, the program will be presented on a 1909 hand-cranked motion picture machine and accompanied by Michael Mortilla’s live music. Visit cafilm.org for tickets.


Douglas Fairbanks Festival

November 11 2012 – January 11 2013

New York’s Film Forum is celebrating the career of Douglas Fairbanks with a festival featuring 12 of the star’s films, including The Three MusketeersThe Gaucho and Don Q, Son of Zorro. Most of the screenings will feature live piano accompaniment. Details can be found here.


Out of the Past: Film Restoration Today

October 01 2012 – December 03 2012

Every Monday, UCLA Film & Television Archive will present a screening of a newly restored film and a discussion on film preservation. For more details, visit UCLA’s Events page.


Celebration of Silent Films at the Mary Pickford Study Center

September 10 2012 – September 11 2012

The Mary Pickford Foundation and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be hosting their first annual celebration of silent films at the Mary Pickford Study Center on Vine Street. Douglas Fairbanks’ The Mark of Zorro will be preceded by New York Hat, the final film Mary Pickford made with D.W. Griffith and the first film written by Anita Loos. The evening includes a tour of the Academy’s film archives.  Tickets are on sale to the public for the September 11 evening for $5 at Oscars.org


Mary Pickford Birthday Double Feature!

April 03 2013

Join the Mary Pickford Foundation and The Silent Treatment as we celebrate Mary Pickford’s birthday with a special event at the historic Silent Movie Theatre at 611 N. Fairfax in Hollywood. Experience two classic Pickford comedies, Little Annie Rooney (1925) and Suds (1920), along with birthday cake, prizes and special guests Elaina Archer, MPF Director of Archive and Legacy, and Cari Beauchamp, author and MPF Resident Scholar. Visit the Cinefamily website for showtimes and tickets.


Cinefest

March 14 2013 – March 17 2013

Join the Syracuse Cinephile Society at their annual Cinefest, a festival of all things classic film in Syracuse, N.Y. March 14th through 17th. This year’s screenings include Mary Pickford in The Foundling (1915), one of her earliest orphan roles, the 1912 Biograph short So Near Yet So Far, and the 1932 Charles “Buddy” Rogers rarity This Reckless Age. Check the Cinefest site for details and more titles.


Sparrows

March 03 2013

Experience silent film the Texas way with a screening of the 1926 Mary Pickford classic Sparrows at Austin’s historic Alamo Drafthouse on Sunday, March 3rd. A live DJ will provide period musical accompaniment on two handcranked turn-of-the-century phonographs. Visit the Alamo blog for tickets and details.


My Best Girl

February 16 2013

This February the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will screen My Best Girl, one of Mary Pickford’s most popular comedies and her final silent. Directed by Sam Taylor and also starring Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Sunshine Hart and Lucien Littlefield, the film will be accompanied by Donald Sosin on grand piano. Click here for tickets and details.


Heart o’ the Hills

February 16 2013

Join the Mary Pickford Foundation and Pepperdine University for a special screening of Heart o’ the Hills on February 16th at 7:00 pm. A 1919 drama produced by and starring Mary Pickford, Heart o’ the Hills also features Allan Sears and a young John Gilbert. Resident Scholar Cari Beauchamp will introduce the film, and Maria Newman’s original score will be performed live by the Collegium Musicum. The free event will take place at Pepperdine’s Stauffer Chapel in Malibu.


Secrets

February 14 2013

Join the UCLA Film & Television Archive for a rare screening of Pickford’s final film, 1933’s Secrets. Co-starring Leslie Howard, Secrets has been preserved by the American Film Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts and will be presented as part of a tribute to director Frank Borzage. Click here for tickets and more details.


Taming of the Shrew

February 09 2013 

The historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood will screen the 1929 all-talking version of Taming of the Shrew starring Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Click here for tickets and event information.


Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall

February 07 2013 

Join the Alex Film Society as they present a restored 35mm print of Mary Pickford’s 1924 silent Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale.

 


Mary Pickford Short Film Program

February 02 2013

On February 2nd, the Niles Essanay Film Museum in Fremont, Calif. will host an evening devoted to Mary Pickford’s Biograph and IMP short films. Don’t miss your chance to see rarities such as They Would Elope (1909), Simple Charity (1910), The School Teacher and the Waif (1912) and others, accompanied by Bruce Loeb on piano. Click here for tickets and details.


Hitchcock Silent at the Academy

November 29 2012

Join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences as they screen The Ring, a rarely-seen 1927 silent drama from director Alfred Hitchcock. Recently restored by the British Film Institute, The Ringfeatures a new score by Soweto Kinch and the Soweto Kinch Septet. More details and tickets are available here.


The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, N.Y. presents Griffith in Fort Lee

November 11 2012

A screening event focusing on the Biograph short films D.W. Griffith and company made in Fort Lee, N.J. in 1912. Two shorts starring Mary Pickford, The Narrow Road and The New York Hat, will be screened along with An Unseen Enemy, The Painted Lady, The Musketeers of Pig Alley and The Burglar’s Dilemma, all featuring live music and an introduction by film historian Richard Koszarski. For details visit movingimage.us.

 


Celebration of Silent Films at the Mary Pickford Study Center

September 10 2012 – September 11 2012

The Mary Pickford Foundation and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be hosting their first annual celebration of silent films at the Mary Pickford Study Center on Vine Street. Douglas Fairbanks’ The Mark of Zorro will be preceded by New York Hat, the final film Mary Pickford made with D.W. Griffith and the first film written by Anita Loos. The evening includes a tour of the Academy’s film archives.  Tickets are on sale to the public for the September 11 evening for $5 at Oscars.org


MPF On-Camera Interviews Announcement

The Foundation is pleased to announce that we have begun filming on-camera interviews about Mary Pickford, her legacy, her personal history, her philanthropy, and her contributions to the film industry. Mary’s talent and dedication will be discussed by such notable experts as:

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