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Experience A Bygone Era: Toronto Silent Film Festival

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Updated: 31 March 2016
The Toronto Silent Film Festival, ‘where images and music do the talking,’ is once again gracing Toronto’s theatres with silent films from the first half of the 20th century. The loss rate for silent films is staggering; it’s said that ‘for every silent film that survives there are half a dozen that do not.’ In a celebration of (almost) lost art, several of the films screening at the 2016 Festival were once thought long gone from view, but have been found, restored, and are ready for audiences. One of the best perks of this Film Festival are the participating venues screening films. From historic, independent cinemas like Royal Cinema on College Street and Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles to Casa Loma, the settings perfectly complement the films on show.

Check out the full film schedule for complete details, but be sure to catch Their First Misunderstanding at Royal Cinema on Thursday, April 7th. Starring Mary Pickford (Canada’s own silent screen star) and Owen Moore, this 1911 film revolves around a contractor hired to demolish a decaying barn in a small New Hampshire town. Prior to tearing it down, he checks to see if it was empty (spoiler: it isn’t). Restored by the Library of Congress, this is the first film in which Pickford was actually credited and named.

Individual tickets and full festival screening passes are available for purchase here.

📅 April 7th – 12th, 2016

📍 Theatres and cinemas across Toronto. Check the film schedule for full details.