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Elements of Cinema: The Crowd

Free Screening – Passes Not Required

Screening details TBA – stay tuned!

The Crowd

(1928) dir King Vidor w/Eleanor Boardman, James Murray, Bert Roach, Estelle Clark [98 min; 35mm]
A stunning film from the silent days of cinema, THE CROWD follows John and Mary, a young couple who try to save their marriage and resist becoming anonymous amongst the teeming residents of the great metropolis, New York City.

This special free screening is presented as part of our Elements of Cinema series, and will be followed by an audience discussion led by Ezra Haber Glenn.

Guest Speaker: Ezra Haber Glenn

Lecturer in Community Development and the Undergraduate Chair in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning

In addition to offering graduate subjects on “Statistical Methods for Urban Planners” and “Wanderings in Pyschogeography,” he teaches a popular undergraduate class in “The City in Film.”

Prior to coming to MIT, Ezra held positions as Director of Community Development for the City of Lawrence and Director of Planning & Development for the City of Somerville. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2002, and is currently serving as president of the board of directors for the Somerville Community Corporation.

“Packs a consistently strong emotional punch.” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“A truly great work of art: a one-of-a-kind blend of domestic drama and a depiction of urban geometry.” – Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy

“The Crowd is a masterpiece – moving, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. It’s a must for anyone interested in the roots of moviemaking, and it’s a good choice to show to someone who thinks they wouldn’t like silent films.” – Alonso Duralde, Linoleum Knife

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This monthly free screening and discussion series is one of the most popular events at the Theatre. Once a month, we invite a guest speaker or one of our staff to select a classic film and lead our audience in a post-screening discussion.