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Peter Pan

Saturday, Jun 25 at 1:00 pm

June 25: Redstone Theater

June 26: Bartos Screening Room

With live accompaniment by Makia Matsumura on June 25.

Dir. Herbert Brenon. United States. 1924, 102 mins. 35mm. With Betty Bronson, Ernest Torrence, Cyril Chadwick, Virginia Brown Faire, Anna May Wong, Esther Ralston, George Ali, Mary Brian, Philippe De Lacey, Jack Murphy. Brenon’s magical adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s 1904 stage play Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up disproves the film historical canard that the “filmed theater” of the silent era was somehow less cinematic than the montage film by leaning into its theatrical origins. Peter is played by a girl (then-unknown Bronson); the Darling family dog is an actor in full-body suit; and, as in a live performance, the audience is asked to clap to revive Tinker Bell (Browne Faire). In his fourth of eight collaborations with Brenon, Wong Howe’s delicately balanced chiaroscuro would jumpstart his reputation as “Mr. Low-Key.”

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.