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An Afternoon Worth Writing Home About

Nov 5, 2010 9:50 AM | 0 comments

In college I had a crush on Mary Pickford. But 80 or 90 years earlier, everyone did. Thanks to her ability to capture attention and sympathy, the revered actress was the first to be called “America’s sweetheart.” This Sunday BPL’s Silent Film Series is offering a free screening of Daddy-Long-Legs, giving you a chance to see why.

 

The Dickensian story of a young orphan who writes monthly letters to her anonymous benefactor, Marshall Neilan’s film is based on Jean Webster’s classic novel and is one of cinema’s early treasures. A live performance by pianist Stuart Oderman will accompany the film.

 

Daddy-Long-Legs (1919)

85 Minutes

Sunday, November 7, 1:30 PM

Central Library, Dweck Center

 

Curator Ken Gordon chose Daddy-Long-Legs in honor of National Adoption Month. After the movie, we encourage you to explore stories with similar themes:

 

Books for Children

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk

 

Books for Youth and Teens

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

The Once and Future King by T.H. White

 

Books for Adults

The Laments by George Hagen

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore

 

The Silent Film Series is sponsored in part by Circle Apartments LLC.

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