Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Cruel And Unusual Comedy At MoMA

Starting tomorrow night, the NY Museum Of Modern Art will be trotting out its genuine film prints of silent comedy rarities, acquired in the 1970s and 1980s by former curator Eileen Bowser, for its series Lame Brains And Lunatics: Cruel And Unusual Comedy, Part 4.

Associate Curator Ron Magliozzi, historian Steve Massa, author of Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, And The Forgotten Of Silent Comedy and historian/accompanist Ben Model have joined forces on this latest series.

There will be lots of films from the usual silent comedy suspects - Hal Roach, Sennett, L-Ko, Fox, Vitagraph and Educational.

Headliners run the gamut from Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle to satirist/actor Will Rogers to Ziegfeld Follies star Bert Williams to the inimitable Edward Everett Horton to mucho malevolent Henry Lehrman L-Ko Comedies scoundrel-star Billie Ritchie (the man who put the "low" in "lowbrow") to such lesser-known but screwy comedians as Hank Mann, Larry Semon and Marcel "Tweedy" Perez.

MoMA presents Cruel & Unusual Comedy
Program 1: Love Sick: Mating Rituals
Program 2: Movie Mania: Fun In The Dark
Program 3: Food Fights: Chaos รก La Carte
Program 4: Police Brutality: Wrong Arm Of The Law
Program 5: Leisure Time: Recreational Hazards

For showtimes and further info, check out the Museum Of Modern Art website.

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