Dave Kehr is one of America’s foremost critics and programmers. Over a career lasting decades he has been one of those who constantly display an encyclopaedic knowledge of American cinema. He has put this to good use writing for newspapers and magazines and now in his present role as a curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Immediately prior to this job he built a devoted international following writing about DVD releases in the New York Times. Dave is in Australia at the moment attending the FIAF Conference but will be playing hookey from that jaunt when he presents screenings of the silent classic The Iron Mask in Melbourne at ACMI on April 22 and in Sydney at AFTRS on April 23 at 6.30 pm. ADMISSION IS FREE!!
The Sydney screening is being hosted by the Film Critics Circle of Australia. Please book via Email: FilmCriticsAust@bigpond.com
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Venue: Australian Film Television and Radio School's (AFTRS) theatre, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park. 6.15 for 6.30 sharp start. Iron Mask (Dir: Allan Dwan, 1929, 95 mins, DCP (orig. 35mm). This will be a premiere and once only screening of MoMA's restored DCP.
The Iron Mask stars the king of Hollywood swashbucklers, Douglas Fairbanks Snr, in a lavish production originally released as a part-talkie, but only recently restored with its original Vitaphone sound-on-disc soundtrack.
The film was directed by Allan Dwan - one of Hollywood's most prolific directors, with an oeuvre of over 400 films made over 50 years, including ten films with Fairbanks.