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Catalina Island Museum Hosts 37th Annual Silent Film Showcase

CATALINA ISLAND— The Catalina Island Museum is gearing up to host the highly anticipated 37th annual Silent Film Showcase on May 17 and 18. Billed as one of the oldest celebrations of silent film globally, this event promises a journey into cinematic history amidst the scenic backdrop of Avalon.

On Friday evening, film enthusiasts can immerse themselves in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, “Blackmail.” Considered Hitchcock’s final silent film and voted the Best British Film of 1929, “Blackmail” stars Anny Ondra, John Longden and Cyril Ritchard. Set in the bustling streets of London, the film unravels the tale of Alice White, who finds herself entangled in a web of blackmail after a harrowing encounter with a would-be assailant.

Saturday evening offers another cinematic delight – Harold Lloyd’s iconic film, “Safety Last.” Released in 1923, this timeless comedy follows the adventures of a small-town boy, portrayed by Lloyd, as he navigates the challenges of city life in pursuit of success and love. With live musical accompaniment by the talented Michael Mortilla, audiences can relish the magic of Lloyd’s comedic genius under the stars at the museum’s Ackerman Family Amphitheater.

The showcase offers a rare opportunity to experience these cinematic gems as they were originally intended, with live musical scores enhancing the viewing experience. Tickets are priced at $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
The cinematic event celebrates the timeless allure of silent film. Join the Catalina Island Museum for a journey into the golden age of cinema on May 17-18.

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