Second Saturday Silent Cinema Presents: Sparrows

Mary Pickford’s penultimate silent film is a Dickensian tale of orphans living on a baby farm run by an evil caretaker.

The feature is preceded by the Sparrows trailer and outtakes. Christel Schmidt, editor of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies (co-published by the Library of Congress and the University Press of Kentucky) will present the program and sign copies of her book. Restored 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Named by Chicago Magazine as the Best New Film Series of 2011 and recently hailed by the Chicago Reader’s J.R. Jones as one of the best movie matinee series in the city; the Music Box Silent Cinema Series is presented on the second Saturday of each month at noon! All films are shown “authentically” in 35mm at proper silent film speed and aspect ratio with live accompaniment by Dennis Scott at the Music Box theatre organ!


Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students.


directed by William Beaudine starring Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller Silent

The movie boasts highly stylized sets, including an ominous-looking swamp, and atmospheric cinematography that illustrates the growing influence of German expressionist cinema on American filmmakers in the 1920s. One of the Mary Pickford’s darker-themed pictures, the film is considered by many to be her best, including by her business partner and onscreen rival Charlie Chaplin.

Sparrows, Mary Pickford’s 1926 release, superbly combines the two elements—sentiment and adventure—that characterized Pickford’s best work.New York Times

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