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Toronto Silent Film Festival: Little Annie Rooney
Sun, April 23, 2017, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
Canadian Premiere of the new restoration by the Mary Pickford Foundation
The multi-talented Mary Pickford, one of the great power brokers of early Hollywood, produced this film through her own production company &United Artists (a company she co-founded in 1919).It became one of her biggest successes with her legion of fans.
It’s set in the rough and tumble Irish section of 1920s New York. Annie is the daughter of a beat cop but that doesn’t mean she’s sweet as pie. She holds her own as leader of a street gang (one of the first multi- racial gangs shown on film) and doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty or battling for slights both real and imagined. But as tough as she likes to think of herself, she has to dig deep when her father is killed and her brother goes after the killer.
The Mary Pickford Foundation’s latest restoration took several years starting with the original tinted nitrate print on through a newly composed and recorded score by Andy Gladbach. The result showcases the finest work of artists, craftspeople and musicians from two centuries.
Co-presented by The MUFF Society