Events | 3rd Annual SILENT SALON

Los Angeles | August 22, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Film still: "A Film Johnny"

The Harold Lloyd Foundation, Flicker Alley and Villa Aurora present


4 Nights of Picnic & Silent Film with Live Organ

Saturdays, 6/20, 7/11, 8/1 & 8/22

Summer is upon us and so is our popular summer program, celebrating the Villa’s house organ. Come early, bring friends and family and picnic in our garden overlooking the Pacific and enjoy the sunset. Then settle into the Salon for a program of comedies by Hollywood’s leading comedians.

Saturday, August 22@ 8:00 p.m.

curated by Josh Morrison of Flicker Alley


A look at various silent comedies turning the camera on themselves and their industry!

A FILM JOHNNY (1914, 15 mins., starring Charlie Chaplin)

Charlie’s attempts to meet his favorite movie actress doesn’t make him a lot of friends at the Keystone Studio.

A classic slapstick comedy featuring Chaplin (as stagehand David) mostly manhandling large props. The plotline also includes a strike by the stagehands and the first Hollywood gay jokes. 

THE DARE DEVIL (1923, 20 mins, starring Ben Turpin, directed by Del Lord)

“The Dare-Devil” is one of the comedy classics of the silent screen, a consistently funny slapstick parody on moviemaking. While the plot about a pampered star insisting a stunt man do all the difficult scenes might seem a bit cliché in the 21st century, it was a newer concept in this film made over 90 years ago. (AXS Entertainment)


This short experimental film tells the story of a man who comes to Hollywood to become a star, only to fail and work as extra 9413.

Michael Mortilla is a composer, conductor, arranger, music director, and accompanist. In his native Manhattan, he worked with and composed for dance legend Martha Graham. For 14 years Mortilla taught music, production, and theater & dance accompaniment at the Department of Theater & Dance at UC Santa Barbara.
Michael has received numerous commissions including from The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Olympic Games Art Festival. Mortilla’s scores have been performed throughout the U.S. from the White House to the AMPAS and from Lincoln Center to the first ever broadcast of a feature over the internet (Charlie Chaplin’s “The Rink”). He plays internationally on TV and in theaters.

$ 15 General, $10 Friends of Villa Aurora members
Villa Aurora, 520 Paseo Miramar, Los Angeles, CA 90272
Shuttle Service starts at 5:00 p.m.on the corner of Los Liones Drive and Sunet Blvd.
Doors open at 5:00 p.m.  Please don’t park in the Topanga State Park lot.

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