Pioneers: Comedy and Camp

An outrageously stylized adaptation of a notorious play by Oscar Wilde and a short by the instrumental Chaplin collaborator Mabel Normand.
Two Shows Only 11/17 and 11/20
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Showtimes & Tickets

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Saturday Nov 17th
Tuesday Nov 20th
You may also purchase tickets in person at the SNF Parkway Theatre during regular business hours (5 W. North Ave.)

 

USA, 102 minutes, Digital

Distributor: Kino Lorber

Program Notes

Short Film:
Caught in a Cabaret

Director: Mabel Normand
1914 • USA • 30 MIN • Silent

Normand was instrumental in shaping the career of Charlie Chaplin, here playing a bumbling waiter who fakes being an ambassador in order to impress her.


Feature Film: (Pictured)
Salomé

Director: Charles Bryant and Alla Nazimova
1923 • USA • 72 MIN • Silent

The passion project of Russian-born actress and producer Alla Nazimova, this outrageously stylized adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s notorious play — based on the biblical story of the teenage princess who lusts after the severed head of John the Baptist — is a delirious, decadent avant-garde spectacle. Its status as a queer classic rests both on its Art Nouveau‑meets‑camp style and on the legend that the bisexual Nazimova cast the film entirely with gay actors.

“To watch Salomé is to absorb a wondrous mix of contradictions, lavishness, and excess.”
— Ela Bittencourt, Hyperallergic

Selected for inclusion on the National Film Registry


Series sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


THE STAVROS NIARCHOS FOUNDATION PARKWAY IS LOCATED AT 5 W. NORTH AVE IN THE HEART OF BALTIMORE'S STATION NORTH
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