This year's renewal of Boulder's popular Chautauqua Silent Film Series starts off with a showing of The Patsy (1928), King Vidor's enduring comedy starring Marie Dressler and Marion Davies as a constantly feuding mother and daughter. Not to be confused with the Jerry Lewis talkie of the same name, this touching look at domestic intranquility was made the same year Vidor directed his early masterpiece, The Crowd. Denver pianist Hank Troy, who's peerless as an accompanist to the classics of the silent era, will be at the keyboard for the opening show, and for most of the series, which continues through September 8.
Other films to be screened this spring and summer will include F. W. Murnau's Sunrise (June 23), the Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckler The Three Musketeers (June 26), an enduring Dorothy Gish tearjerker, Nell Gwynne (July 14) and Charles Chaplin's great comedy City Lights (August 25). Some films will be accompanied by the heralded Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.
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The Patsy will screen at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, in the Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. For tickets and information, call 303-442-3282 or log on to www.chautauqua.com.