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February 14, 2006 > Comedy film fest in Niles

Comedy film fest in Niles

by Nydia Estrada

Friday evening kicks off with a fun activity for the whole family, the comedy film festival with a "talkie" comedy program featuring comics like Buster Keaton, Andy Clyde, and The Three Stooges.

The Comedy Festival in Niles will take place Friday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 19 showcasing the "Great Kings of Silent Comedy" such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd, as well as some of the many other comedy greats like Harry Langdon, Raymond Griffith, Lloyd Hamilton, Lupino Lane, and Ben Turpin.

Hosted by film collector/historian Richard M. Roberts and Unknown Video's Chris Snowden with special guest lectures from Rob Stone, author of "Stan or Ollie: The Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy," Sam Gill, co-author of "Clown Princes and Court Jesters," and David Kiehn, early film specialist and author of "Broncho Billy and The Essanay Film Company."

Saturday begins with a special program for kids featuring silent cartoons with Felix the Cat and Koko the Clown as well as kid comedies like "One Wild Ride" (1924) with Our Gang and Our Gang spin off comedies like "The Klynick" (1925) with the Hey Fellas.

The Saturday afternoon program features the Kings of Comedy like Charlie Chaplin in "A Days Pleasure (1919), Buster Keaton in "The Playhouse" (1921) and Harold Lloyd in "Hey There" (1918). Also a special Comedy Producers program (like Hal Roach and Mack Sennett) showing what made their studios and their styles of comedy unique; featuring Snub Pollard, Charley Chase, Will Rogers, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Ben Turpin.

Supplying the music for the silent comedies will be a number of fine accompanists including top silent film composer and arranger Dr. Phillip C. Carli from Rochester, NY, Frederick Hodges, Judy Rosenberg, Bruce Loeb and Greg Pane.

A complete program schedule can be found at www.nilesfilmmuseum.org. A Full Festival Pass costs $40 and includes a copy of the events program. Individual program sessions are $5.

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
Friday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 19
37417 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 494-1411
Call for times.

 
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