ISN’T LIFE WONDERFUL
Monday, April 27
Live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner
(1924) In location-shot post-war Berlin, Carol Dempster watches helplessly in an unmoving waiting line for meat as the chalk-written prices keep going up, and up, and up. Griffith’s path-breaking pre-neo-realistic look at the erstwhile Horrible Huns contending with food shortages, rampaging inflation, and a final, hairraising race… for potatoes. Approx. 115 min. 35mm.
“One of Griffith’s finest and most important movies… one of the screen’s first major works of social comment.”
– William K. Everson
“The simplest, most deliberately subdued and underplayed of all Griffith’s major films, Isn’t Life Wonderful is also one of the most touching and sincere”
- Edward Wagenknecht and Anthony Slide, The Films of D.W. Griffith