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Best of Philly 2008

Phoenixville Arts & Culture

Art & Independent Films
7 nights a week
Sundays at 2:00pm
Young Audiences
Saturdays at 2:00pm
Fright Night
First Fridays at 9:45pm
Baby Nights
Mondays at 6:30pm
Wednesdays at 2:00pm
Film Discussions
Wednesdays at 9:30pm

Phoenixville Federal Silent Movie Fest

All ages. 90 min. DVD.

Presented by Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust

  • Sunday
  • Sun, Nov 4
  • 3:00 pm

In celebration of their 100th Anniversary Phoenixville Federal BAnd & Trust presents a Silent Movie Fest with LIVE pipe organ accompaniment by Wayne Zimmerman of the Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley! This is event is FREE and open to the community but seating is limited. Pick up your free tickets at any Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust branch.

(1916, Charlie Chaplin, 30 min)
First think of Chaplin as a waiter in a restaurant. Potential mayhem. Second, think of Chaplin on roller skates (he’s a fabulous skater!) More potential mayhem. Third, to the cast add Edna Purviance, Eric Campbell (as Mr. Stout) and Henry Bergmann (playing the role of a woman, Mrs. Stout). More potential mayhem. Finally, see Chaplin, before he developed his best known persona as “the little tramp,” in a wonderful bit of comedy and DEFINITE MAYHEM!

(1918, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, 33 min)
Also starring Al St. John (Arbuckle’s real nephew) and a young guy named Buster Keaton. Put all of them together running the Elks Head Hotel (Expedia would not book you here!), where the lovely actress Alice Lake shows up to be the hotel manicurist (with the improbable name Cutie Cuticle). All three fellows are infatuated by Cutie. Throw in a “horse powered” hotel elevator (potential problem?), a “gay blade” needing some tonsorial attention by “Fatty’s” real blade, a botched fake and real bank robbery, plus a “chase” ending and you have a wonderful comedy. Who wins out, and how, will keep you guessing.

(1922, Buster Keaton, 23 min)
By now, Keaton has established himself as an actor, writer, producer and director. Also referred to as “the great stone face” because of his non-smiling characters. The movie opens with a graduation ceremony during which Keaton and two other graduates accidentally drop their diplomas on the floor and which get switched around during the retrieval of same. This sets the scene for a huge mix-up where Keaton is selected to modernize/electrify the home of the distinguished head of the graduation ceremony, something for which he is not qualified. Wait until you see the “improvements” that Keaton creates. Keaton included  his mother, father and sister among the other graduates in the prologue (although uncredited).