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IU Cinema to host Slapsticon silent film festival

“The Artist” showed us last year we can still appreciate movies without sound.

For the first time ever, IU Cinema will host Slapsticon, a four-day comedy film festival that features clips from the era of silent film. The screenings will run from June: 27-30, which is during IU’s Summer Festival of the Arts.

The festival has been held in Washingon, D.C., since its start in 2003, and is emceed by Richard M. Roberts, a silent film and comedy historian. This is the first year the festival will take place elsewhere, and IU Cinema Director Jon Vickers is enthusiastic.

“IU Cinema is very excited to host Slapsticon this summer,” Jon Vickers said in a press release. “It’s a wonderful chance for audiences to see rare screenings from what many consider the golden age of film comedy.”

This year, featured films include those with comics Buster Keaton, Olivia Hardy and The Marx Brothers. However, films with lesser-known actors, such as Lloyd Hamilton and Syd Chaplin, Charlie Chaplin’s half-brother, will also screen.

To register for four-day or individual day passes for Slapsticon, visit the IU Cinema website. For more information,

— Amanda Arnold

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