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SCREENING: Loss and Resurrection: The Case of Allan Dwan’s THE HALF-BREED

SCREENING: Loss and Resurrection: The Case of Allan Dwan’s THE HALF-BREED

26 Nov 2014 2:00PM - 26 Nov 2014 12:00AM

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Originally a star of the Broadway stage, Douglas Fairbanks began his film career not as Zorro, Robin Hood, or d'Artagnan, but in a series of contemporary comedies and western dramas filmed under the auspices of the Triangle Film Company. Perhaps the most idiosyncratic of the series was The Half-Breed, released July 1916, in which the star played a half-white/half-Indian outcast suffering from the prejudices of local townspeople. Created by a team of future film legends (director Allan Dwan, production supervisor D.W. Griffith, cinematographer Victor Fleming), the cast also includes: Alma Rubens, Sam De Grasse, and Jewel Carmen. For decades the film had been available only in severely degraded and abbreviated versions, until the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Cinematheque française collaborated to restore the film back to its original 1916 release version. Rob Byrne 


Venue: Screen 2, Drama & Film Centre
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