April 19-29, 2018

Beggars of Life

Plot

In a rare screening of a silent classic, the beautiful Louise Brooks appears as Nancy, a farmgirl forced by circumstance to take up an on-the-run hobo lifestyle with her tramp pals Jim (Richard Arlen) and Oklahoma Red (Wallace Beery). Director William Wellman was in top form for the movie, basking in praise for his work on the Oscar-winning Wings (1927), but Louise Brooks felt he pushed her to take unnecessary risks–especially during a stunt in which she was nearly sucked under a train’s wheels. Nonetheless, Brooks lauded the director for “how hard he studied his script and prepared for his day’s work, how he always did his best, [and] how sure and fast he worked.”

Screenings