Sunday Silents Presents: A Salute to Film Pioneer Helen Holmes

Sunday Silents Presents: Pandora’s Box (1929)

Sunday Silents Presents: Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Sunday Silents Presents: The Lost World (1925) and George Melies’ Trip to the Moon (1902)

Sunday Silents Presents: Wings

Sunday Silents Presents: The Parson’s Widow

Sunday Silents Presents: Fritz Lang’s Destiny: A Gothic Love Story

Sunday Silents Presents: The Ancient Law

Sunday Silents Presents: The Navigator

Sunday Silents Presents: Peter Pan (1924)

Sunday Silents Presents: The Silent Laurel & Hardy program with Ray Faiola

Sunday Silents Presents: Hans Karl Breslauer – City Without Jews (1924)

Sunday Silents

Sunday Silents The era of silent cinema was one of the most creative periods in human history. In not much more than 30 years, a new visual vocabulary was invented and explored to the fullest. Genres formed as the medium were used for entertainment, politics, education, propaganda and experimentation. The challenge of visual storytelling without […]

Sunday Silents Presents Buster Keaton Short Films

Sunday Silents Presents: The Last Laugh (1924)

Sunday Silents Presents: Richard Oswald’s Groundbreaking 1919 LGBTQ Film ‘Different From the Others’ (Anders als die Anderen)

2:00 pm | $6 MATINEE | With Live Accompaniment by Marta Waterman | 1919 | Drama/Crime | 50 mins

Sunday Silents Present: FW Murnau’s ‘Sunrise:A Song of Two Humans’

2:00 pm | live accompaniment by Marta Waterman | 1927 |  Drama/Romance ‧| 1h 46m

Sunday Silents Presents Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and The Immigrant

2:00 pm | $6 | live piano accompaniment by Marta Waterman

Sunday Silents Presents FW Murnau’s, Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror

2:00 pm | $6 | (1922) |Fantasy/Mystery | 1h 34m
Silent Film with Live Piano Accompaniment by Marta Waterman

Sunday Silents Presents Ruan Ling-yu in “The Goddess” & Germaine Dulac’s “La Souriante Madame Beudet”

2:00 pm | $6 | Live Piano Accompaniment by Marta Waterman,
The Goddess |1934 | Drama/Silent film | 1h 25m
La Souriante Madame Beudet | The Smiling Madame Beudet | 1922 | Drama/Black and white | 54 mins

Sunday Silents Presents Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality

2:00 pm | $6 | 1923 | Black and white/Thriller | 1h 27m
with Live Piano Accompaniment by Marta Waterman

Sunday Silents Presents Clara Bow in “It”

2:00 pm | $6 | (1927) | comedy/Drama/romance | 1h 17m
Silent Film with Live Piano Accompaniment by Marta Waterman

Sunday Silents presents Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 Animated Film: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

2:00 pm | $6 | (1926) | Fantasy/Indie film | 1h 21m

Sunday Silents Presents FW Murnau’s “Faust”

2:00 pm | (1926) | Live accompaniment by Marta Waterman | Fantasy, Horror | 1h 56m

Sunday Silents Presents Colleen Morre in Ella Cinders (1926)

2:00 pm | (1926) | Romance/Comedy | 1h 15m

Sunday Silents Presents LON CHANEY in “LAUGH,CLOWN,LAUGH” (1928)

2:00 pm | 1 hr 13 min | Drama

Sunday Silents Season Premier: Lillian Gish in Victor Seastrom’s The Scarlet Letter

With live piano accompaniment by Marta Waterman
2:00 pm | 1926 | Drama, Silent B&W | 1 hr 55 min

Sunday Silents Presents: Sherlock Holmes (1916)

3:00 pm | 1 hr 56 min | Mystery

Sunday Silents: The Films of Ernst Lubitsch

3:00 pm | live piano accompaniment with Marta Waterman
The Doll (1919) | Die Puppe, original title | 48 min | Comedy, Fantasy | Germany
The Oyster Princess (1919) | Die Austernprinzessin, original title) | 58 min | Comedy | Germany

Sunday Silents: Films of Mary Pickford

3:00 pm | $7/$5 members

Sunday Silents Presents Daughter of the Dawn (1920)

3:00 pm | $7/$5 members | 1 hr 20 min | 1920 | Western | with live music by Marta Waterman

Rosendale Theatre presents DAUGHTER OF THE DAWN, a touching story of Native American life in the 19th century, recently restored and seen for the first time in almost 100 years. As one of the only silent feature films starring a Native American cast, DAUGHTER OF THE DAWN broke new ground when it was released and faced a wide range of challenges throughout its production.

The film was produced by Richard Banks, who had met Norbert A. Myles, a seasoned actor of vaudeville and short subjects, on a movie set in 1916. At that time, he began to recruit Myles’ as-of-yet unproved directorial talents for a film Banks had long aspired to make, one based on an old Comanche legend.

Filming took place at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma, in the summer of 1920. The story of DAUGHTER OF THE DAWN revolves around different tribes, a hunt for buffalo, and a love triangle. The film is especially interesting to audiences today because of its authentic portrayal of Native American life and legends.

Sunday Silents Presents – The Golem: How we came into the World

3:00 pm, $7/$5 members

The 1920 film The Golem: How He Came Into the World, will be shown at the Rosendale Theatre Sunday, March 6th, at 3:00 PM as part of the Sunday Silents series. Rabbi Zoe B. Zak of Temple Israel, Catskill, will introduce the film. As for all the silent films in Rosendale’s series, The Golem will be accompanied by the piano virtuosity of Marta Waterman.

The Golem, based on Jewish folklore, is a tolerance film that studies in depth the relationship between Jews and Christians in medieval Prague. It was written, co-directed by, and stars Paul Wegener, an early German filmmaker. To his credit, Wegener refuses to impose stereotypes on either Jews or Christians, and creates individual characters and using mass characterizations only to highlight the themes of the film.

The use of Expressionist scenery and artistic lighting takes advantage of the best tools of silent cinema. The cinematography of this film is said to represent the best of German Expressionism. Sometimes characterized as a “horror” film, The Golem is in fact a cautionary tale depicting good and evil in an polarized civilization. Much of its fascination lies in its visual style. The sets by Hans Poelzig are a strange but cohesive mixture of medieval, nouveau, and surrealism, and the cinematography by legendary photographer Karl Freund uses high contrast black and white to truly remarkable effect. The Poelzig-Freund combination would cast an extremely long shadow, and The Golem would influence not only such German films as Fitz Lang’s Metropolis but the entire cycle of 1930s American horror films that began with the 1931 Bela Lugosi Dracula.

Sunday Silents: Buster Keaton’s The General

with live piano by Marta Waterman
3:00 pm | $7/$5 | 1h 7min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

This unique movie not only draws on the historical drama of the American Civil War by creating convincing characters caught up in those tumultuous days, but it plays the story with humor. It has been said that it is the most serious comic movie ever made.

Keaton plays a hapless train engineer with two loves—one a beautiful girl, and the other, a locomotive named “The General.” When the Civil War breaks out he rushes to sign up, but is rejected because his job as an engineer is too important to the cause. He’s not told the reason and simply feels rejected, as only Keaton can, with a wistful melancholy that is almost funny. His would-be fiancée and her father believe he is unwilling to fight, and his woes are compounded.

What follows is mixup after mixup, some hilarious and all ingeniously displaying Keaton’s acrobatic grace and inventive style, at a level as good as the best work ever done on in the silent film medium. Author Jim Kline has described The General as Keaton’s most personal film, the one that best captures his unique vision, spirit and personality. In many of his films, Buster Keaton starts off as an inept or effete character and develops into a hero. But his competent, ingenious and athletic character in The General, who is also modest, tireless, and underestimated, comes much closer to his real nature.

As for all the silent films in Rosendale’s series, The General will be accompanied by the piano virtuosity of Marta Waterman.


3:00 PM | $7/$5 members | Live piano by Marta Waterman

THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE, a 1921 silent masterpiece written, directed by, and starring Victor Seastrom.

THE PHANTOM CARRIAGE is an artistic rendering of a dark morality tale. It has a deep and typically Scandinavian sense of despair and hopelessness. The film begins in a rather grim present, and then we’re told the story through a series of flashbacks (and flashbacks within flashbacks–a pretty complex story structure for 1921), where the main character, David Holm, played by Seastrom, is offered numerous chances at redemption and refuses them all.

The film uses the medium to create an image often basked in a white glow, brilliantly turning what might be the flaws of early film to an advantage by capitalizing on its ghostly, horrific quality. THE PHANTON CARRIAGE is one of the enduring classics of the silent era, at least in Sweden, and was said to be the inspiration for young Ingmar Bergman. Its elaborate special effects that enabled characters to display a semi-transparent quality, helped birth the very art of cinematography and visual effects.

The writing and directing is tight and intelligent, even by today’s standards. In several instances, Seastrom skillfully sets the audience up to suspect one thing, and then pulls out a surprise.

The silent films in Rosendale’s series are enhanced by the piano of Marta Waterman.

Sunday Silents: The Kid

3:00 pm | $7/$5 members | With Live Accompaniment by Marta Waterman

A vulnerable, plucky child, a heart-touching tramp, a fallen woman, haunting background music—all make us think of the genius of one man, Charlie Chaplin. His 1921 silent masterpiece, THE KID, was the first full-length film to use these elements, and display the best of his talent. Chaplin, wrote, directed, and acted in the film, and composed the music for it.

Sunday Silents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

3:00 pm | $7/$5 | Piano accompaniment with Marta Waterman

The acclaimed first version of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney, will be the first in the Sunday Silents series at the Rosendale Theatre, playing at 3 P.M. Sunday, November 1.

Filmed in 1923, from a novel of 15th century Paris by Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a dramatic tale of a hunchback befriended by a gypsy dancer. It is one of the high points of silent film, a hallmark that has stood the test of time.

Sunday Silents Season 2019-2020

“Sunday Silents” is made possible by the generous support of:
Jim DeMaio State Farm Insurance Agent, New Paltz
Accord Plaza Feeds
The Arc, Mid-Hudson, NY

Sunday Silents: Orchids & Ermine

with live accompaniment by Marta Waterman
2:00 pm | $7/$5 members
Colleen Moore plays “Pink” Watson, a girl who dreams of a life better than that of a telephone operator at a cement factory. Things look up when she lands a job as an operator at the Ritz Hotel which is full of rich old men looking to turn their “forty year old wives in for two twenties.” Colleen finds that she can fit that bill very nicely. Look for a seven year old Mickey Rooney, in his first film role, playing an adult midget.

Sunday Silents: The Film Shorts of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

2:00 pm, $7/$5 members

A selection of film shorts that illustrates the scope of Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s film career and talent. It ranges from his early days at Mack Sennet( Fatty Suitless Days), to his series of films with Mabel Normand (Fatty & Mabel Adrift & He Did & He Didn’t), his time as the head of his own studio and collaboration with Buster Keaton (Coney Island) and finally, his talents as a director (The Iron Mule).

Silent Film Sunday Presents Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments

2:00 pm | $6 | (1923) | SPECIAL EVENT FOR MEMBERS WITH ID GET IN FREE! | Biography, Drama, Fantasy | 2h 26m | with Live Piano Accompaniment by Marta Waterman

Silent Film Sunday Presents Charlie Chaplin in The Gold Rush (1925)

2:00 pm | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 1 hr 35 min

Silent Film Sunday Presents: Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)

3:00 pm | 1 hr 19 min | Drama | Live piano accompaniement with Marta Waterman | (Tagebuch einer Verlorenen – original title)


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