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THE BLOT

♪ 5:10

Sunday, July 30

Directed by Lois Weber

♪ Live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner

(1921) ...on the American way of life: genteel poverty. Impoverished librarian Claire Windsor is courted by both rich country clubber Louis Calhern (30 years before his Asphalt Jungle mastermind) and an underpaid clergyman — as her mother struggles to keep up appearances on her professor husband’s meager earnings. DCP. Approx. 93 min.


Reviews

“Weber [was] one of the most discerning directors of the silent-film era… Weber films this pain-seared drama with a meticulous eye for the telling detail — worn-out shoes, torn carpet, tatty furniture — and for the nuances of social observation and concealments on which pride and shame depend.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker