Saturday, March 9th, 2019 @ 3:30PM in Manhattan [silent film accompaniment]

When: Saturday, March 9th @ 3:30PM
What: Lightnin’
Directed by John Ford, 1925, 104 min., USA.
*This film accompanies William Fox Presents: More Restorations and Rediscoveries from the Fox Film Corporation.

Frank Bacon’s stage comedy Lightnin’ broke Broadway records when it premiered in 1918, and although it is completely forgotten today, the film adaptation was clearly a plum assignment for young director John Ford, fresh off the success of The Iron Horse. Jay Hunt stars as the title character (“We call him Lightnin’ because he ain’t”), a silver-haired spinner of tall tales who is largely content to sit back and watch his wife (the reliable Edythe Chapman, herself a Broadway star of the early 20th century) run their hotel, which straddles the border between California and Nevada. The role practically calls out for future Ford collaborator Will Rogers, and indeed Rogers did appear in a 1930 remake directed by Henry King. 35mm print from MoMA’s archive

Where: Museum of Modern Art
11 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Nearest Subway: 5 Ave/53 St on M/V, 57 St on F, 47-50 Sts on B/D/F/M

Admission: $12 ($10 for senior citizens, $8 for students / free for Museum members)
Admission to the day’s film program is free for Museum ticket holders, but separate screening tickets are required. A film admission ticket does not include admission to the Museum galleries. The price of a film admission ticket may be applied toward the price of a Museum admission ticket or MoMA membership within 30 days.

Saturday March 9th, 2019 by Makia Matsumura
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