Toronto Silent Film Festival Presents:
Extraordinary Women in Film – 1000 Laffs: Her-Larious – The Wild Women of Comedy
While it’s fairly easy to find short films featuring male comedians from the silent era, it’s still uncommon to see many in which women step on the comic banana peel of life (outside of Mabel Normand that is). This year’s programme aims to remedy that and show the comic range of the Silent Queens of Comedy. Be warned: the laughter is contagious
Mabel Normand is the nickel-a-dance taxi dancer who expected to dance with all comers and they came fast! A wild film full of fast dancing sailors, frenetic drummers, soap eating babies and lost toupees. Check out a young Boris Karloff as the bad date with no good intentions.
Gal pals Anita Garvin & Marion Byron go on a double date with two skinflints and wind up hungry for dinner and love.
Wild and wonderful Louise Fazenda & Phyllis Haver take on bandleaders, gals in drag, the Sennett Bathing Beauties and mistaken identities in Hearts and Flowers.
Alice Howell, once as well known and loved as any male comedian, is Cinderella Cinders, complete with her orchestrating the diners to keep in time, Olympic level pancake flipping, a wild chase scene, and weird identity switching. No wonder she was called the Female Charlie Chaplin.
Special guest appearance by Colleen Moore in clip from her hit Ella Cinders.
Live Musical Accompaniment by Tania Gill
$15 General Admission
Get a Saturday Pass for both programmes for only $27
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