(Les deux timides, René Clair, France 1928, 65 min., 35mm)
Silent Tuesdays. What do you get when you combine an introverted farmer, his beautiful daughter, an inexperienced criminal attorney, and a large, VERY dissatisfied client? A wild farce that tromps on everything and everyone in sight, even lampooning Abel Gance’s Napoleon in the process. Director René Clair’s crazy silent comedies, of which the most famous is The Italian Straw Hat (1927), were huge international successes and led to him making films all over Europe and in Hollywood. Two Timid Souls is Clair’s last silent film and a never-ending packet of surprises from beginning to end. Spoken translation of the French intertitles, and live piano accompaniment by Philip C. Carli.