1916, 62 min, USA, Dir: John Emerson

Douglas Fairbanks plays Pete Prindle, the son of a highly successful processed food magnate in this sassy satire about fame and advertising that, 100+ years later, still feels contemporary. Penned by the one and only Anita Loos (WILD AND WOOLLY, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES).

1917, 72 min, USA, Dir: John Emerson

In possibly his best pre-swashbuckling comedy, Douglas Fairbanks stars as a young New Yorker who longs for the excitement of the Old West. Energetically directed by John Emerson, with a witty script and wryly ironic intertitles by husband and wife Emerson and Anita Loos, and cinematography by Victor Fleming.

1916, Cohen Film, 167 min, USA, Dir: D.W. Griffith

Subtitled “Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages,” this landmark of silent film weaves together four separate plotlines dealing with the corrosive effects of the titular vice across history: a contemporary melodrama about a young couple’s struggles with poverty and crime, a Renaissance-era tale of persecuted French Huguenots, and recountings of the crucifixion of Jesus and the fall of ancient Babylon. The follow-up to D. W. Griffith’s controversial THE BIRTH OF A NATION was both technically innovative and visually lavish - the budget-busting Babylonian sets will still make you gasp. Some of the era’s biggest names have featured roles here (including Lillian Gish, Constance Talmadge and Mae Marsh), with numerous future stars among the cast of thousands. Though its ambitions have been echoed in recent years by such films as CRASH and BABEL, this remarkable epic remains a one-of-a-kind viewing experience.

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