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The Mont Alto Orchestra's schedule of silent films and dances

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EVENT DETAILS

May 8, 2016

Tea Dance

Avalon Ballroom
6185 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder

2 - 5 pm •$15 / $10 students / volunteers free!

Tango, onestep, waltz, and foxtrot to the sounds of the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra, with singer Susan Rogers. A free lesson will be given at 1 pm by Jim X. Borzym. The Avalon Ballroom is the largest and most pleasant dance floor in Boulder County, and the music is excellently played and eminently danceable.

May 13, 2016

The General

Columbia Theater
Longview Washington

 

Railroad engineer Buster Keaton is rejected by the Confederate Army and by his sweetheart, Annabelle (Marion Mack). But when Northern spies kidnap both Annabelle and The General (his beloved train engine), it sets in motion cinema’s most perfectly structured comic epic.

Accompanied by Rodney Sauer on piano in a vintage theater!

May 15, 2016

Steamboat Bill Jr.

Kiggins Theater
Vancouver, Washington

 

A curmudgeonly riverboat captain (Ernest Torrence) receives a visit from his long-lost son (Buster Keaton), who turns out to be a dandy college kid who wears foppish clothes and plays the ukulele. But when fate intervenes—in the form of a hurricane— Buster proves he has the strength and courage of his father. This comedy features some of the most incredible stunt work of Buster’s career.

Accompanied by members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, with Rodney Sauer on piano.

May 21, 2016

One Week
The Kid Brother

Casino Theater
Avalon (Catalina Island), California

 

Buster Keaton attempts to build a house from a kit in seven days in One Week. Also, Harold Lloyd is the youngest in a family of burly mountain lawmen in this excellent coming-of-age comedy.

May 21, 2016

One Week
The Kid Brother

Casino Theater
Avalon (Catalina Island), California

 

Buster Keaton attempts to build a house from a kit in seven days in One Week. Also, Harold Lloyd is the youngest in a family of burly mountain lawmen in this excellent coming-of-age comedy.

June 2–5, 2016

Beggars of Life
Mothers of Men
Les Deux Timides
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San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Castro Theater

San Francisco

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is the premeire venue in America for seeing silent movies. The combination of perfect architecture, perfect projection, and pretty good music makes this a mecca for film fans from all over the world. Mont Alto will be presenting three films, including two world-premiere scores for world-premiere restorations!

June 22, 2016

Bardelys the Magnificent

Chautauqua Auditorium

9th and Baseline,
Boulder Colorado

7:30 p.m.
$12 ($6 members and children under 12)

This long-lost King Vidor film features John Gilbert and Eleanor Boardman in a lively swashbuckling romance set in the time of the Three Musketeers.

"This excellent edition from Flicker Alley offers a crystalline transfer of what was apparently an original nitrate print in very good condition; a few missing scenes are bridged with the use of stills and one brief piece of film — of another duel — that survived from the movie’s trailer. The score, compiled from period music by Rodney Sauer and performed by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, provides glittering support."

-- Dave Kehr, The New York Times

July 13, 2016

Why Be Good?

Chautauqua Auditorium

9th and Baseline,
Boulder Colorado

7:30 p.m.
$12 ($6 members and children under 12)

The vivacious comedienne Colleen Moore is perfect in the role of Pert Kelly, a New York department store girl by day and a championship Charleston dancer by night. The very image of a modern woman, she has a wild reputation but lives at home with Mom and Dad. When the boss’s son Winthrop Peabody Jr. (Neil Hamilton) falls for her, Pert gets the ax. But Junior is still smitten and he devises a test to convince Winthrop Senior of Pert’s virtue. Astonishing scenes in Art Deco speakeasies, plenty of dancing and partying, and a remarkable amount of booze for a prohibition-era picture!

August 3, 2016

The Daughter of Dawn

Chautauqua Auditorium

9th and Baseline,
Boulder Colorado

7:30 p.m.
$12 ($6 members and children under 12)

The story, played by an all-Native American cast of 300 Kiowas and Comanches, includes a romantic rivalry, buffalo hunts, a battle, village scenes, dances, deceit, courage, hand-to-hand combat and even a happy ending. The Native American actors, who in 1920 had been living on reservations for less than 50 years, brought with them their own tipis, horses, clothing, and material culture.

The film captures a time period in a very real and authentic way. The imagery from American Indian culture on the Southern Plains is for the most part presented unfiltered. The viewer will see Kiowas and Comanches wearing their traditional clothing without the help of Hollywood wardrobe departments. Besides the scenes on horseback and hunting buffalo, there are scenes of traditional dances being performed that would have been forbidden by the federal government if not for the fact that they were part of the film.

Mont Alto's new score is largely compiled from the works of Charles Wakefield Cadman, who worked with Native American traditional singers and concert artists and adapted their melodies for the concert hall. Many of the pieces were composed while he was living in Fort Collins, Colorado.