Silent Shakespeare: An evening with Thanhouser Films

Author: Carol C. Bradley

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The College of Arts and Letters, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Department of Film, Television, and Theatre present Silent Shakespeare: An Evening With Thanhouser Films at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

The short films The Winter’s Tale (1910), Cymbeline (1913) and King Lear (1917) will be introduced by Ned Thanhouser, President of Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Incorporated.

Archivist Thanhouser, grandson of the company’s founder, established the Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Incorporated, a non-profit organization involved in the research, acquisition, preservation and publication of educational materials related to the early silent motion picture era, with a specific focus on the Thanhouser film enterprise.

He has worked with the Library of Congress, American and British Film Institutes, and George Eastman House. Ned Thanhouser extensively assisted with Thanhouser Films: An Encyclopedia and History by Q. David Bowers, the most complete study ever done of an early American motion picture company.

These short films showcase the Thanhouser Company’s pioneering achievement as one of the first American film producers to bring Shakespeare to the silent screen. Edwin Thanhouser, founder of the Thanhouser Company traveled with and owned numerous theatre companies in major cities prior to entering the motion picture industry.

This is a free but ticketed event. For tickets, contact the Ticket Office at (574) 631-2800 or visit the website.