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Silent cinema

The Good Bad Man

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This early western from 1916 packs real emotional depth, and features intertitles by Anita Loos.

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USA 1916
Dir Allan Dwan
With Douglas Fairbanks, Bessie Love, Sam De Grasse
Certificate PG
With live piano accompaniment

Allan Dwan’s compact early western celebrates the landscape of the Old West that he so loved, while also packing real emotional depth. ‘Passin’ Through’ (Fairbanks) is a rootless bandit who robs to help children ‘born in shame’. During a run-in with a gang of outlaws he meets and falls for the adorable Sarah May (Love). The rhyming intertitles by Anita Loos and John Emerson add to the charm. Future director Victor Fleming was the film’s cinematographer.

Restoration by Cinémathèque Francaise, San Francisco Silent Film Festival and Film Preservation Society.

+ The Fear
USA 1912. Dir Allan Dwan
With George Periolat, Jessalyn Van Trump
A tale of unrequited love by the sea.


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