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Madison, WI: Beggars of Life (1928)

PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:06 pm
by thomas_gladysz
The University of Wisconsin Cinematheque is set to show the 1928 Louise Brooks film, Beggars of Life, on Friday, December 1st. This screening is part of the Cinematheque's "Silents Please!" series of "great movies from before the dawn of sound." This 7pm event will take place in 4070 Vilas Hall in Madison. More information about this screening can be found at" target="_blank

USA | 1928 | DCP | 81 min.

Director: William A. Wellman
Cast: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen

A year after picking up Hollywood's first Oscar for Wings, legendary director Wellman turned to this rollicking saga of hobos on the lam. In what was probably her finest Hollywood feature, the magnificent Brooks hops freight trains with Beery and finds romance with Arlen. A recently restored DCP, featuring a score by the Mount Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, will be screened.

I wrote a piece on Beggars of Life for the UW Cinematheque blog which can be found at

It has been a great year for the film Beggars of Life. This Spring saw the release of my new book, Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film, and this Summer saw the release of a new DVD / Blu-ray of the film from Kino Lorber.