4:30pm $15 / $10 Senior/Student
Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St E
TSFF in partnership with The Mary Pickford Foundation & AMIA Toronto presents:
Little Annie Rooney 1925 94min Canadian Restoration Premiere
Director: William Beaudine
Starring: Mary Pickford, William Haines
b/w with tinting
“All the artistry, technical skill, and emotional impact of a medium only thirty years old shine triumphantly through… and when you think that it was all shot on the Pickford-Fairbanks back lot in Hollywood… it is all the more remarkable.”- Kevin Brownlow
Mary Pickford heads up a street gang-that’s not normally something expect to read about America’s Sweetheart. But she does just that. This is New York in the rough and tumble days of the 1920s, in the Irish section that lies south of 14th Street and east of 3rd Ave. Annie is the daughter of a beat cop but that doesn’t mean she’s sweet as pie. She holds her own as leader of a street gang and doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty or battling for slights both real and imagined. But as tough as she likes to think of herself, she has to dig deep when her father is killed and her brother goes after the supposed killer.
This 4K HD restoration, with an original modern soundtrack, provides today’s audience with the ultimate viewing experience of this 90+ year old film. The process of restoring and scoring this film took several years. First, the original tinted nitrate print in Mary Pickford’s personal collection at the Library of Congress, made from the camera negative in 1925, was brought to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences archive in Los Angeles. Then, through the MPF’s multi-year partnership with them, the film was preserved photo-chemically, creating new 35mm preservation masters and prints. It was then scanned at 4K resolution so that a digital version could be created through an evaluation of the film frame by frame, removing dirt and other signs of deterioration to perfectly match the original nitrate tints and tones. Lastly, through the MPF Composition Program at Pepperdine University, an extremely gifted young composer, Andy Gladbach, was chosen to create a new sound track for the film. Mentored by professionals, he was joined by a 16 piece orchestra, as well as a conductor and engineers, to record his original music. The end result combines and showcases the finest work of artists, craftspeople and musicians from this century and from 1925.
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