Silent Comedy Shorts Screening

Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush

Anyone who thought The Artist was charming (so, basically everyone) will not be disappointed by this American Cinematheque screening of 7 black-and-white silent short films with live piano accompaniment. The funny shorts will range from 1901’s 2-minute "Excelsior! Prince of Magicians," where pioneering filmmaker Georges Méliès shows off his kooky magic tricks, to 1917’s 20-minute "The Immigrant," in which hilarity inevitably ensues when Charlie Chaplin falls in love on the boat to America. This screening will be the short films’ U.S. debut in beautiful new digital transfers thanks to film-preservation initiative Flicker Alley.