The Costume of Silent Drama: Mary Pickford and Little Annie Rooney
Nov 03 7:30pm PT
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Mary Pickford and Little Annie Rooney
The Costume of Silent Drama: Mary Pickford and Little Annie Rooney

Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

In person: Jeffrey Vance and Michael Pogorzelski.

Mary Pickford, “America’s Sweetheart,” was possibly the most powerful woman in Hollywood when she cast herself as a tenement spitfire in this silent comedy/tearjerker. A founding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the independent studio United Artists, Pickford is the head of a different sort of organization in Little Annie Rooney as she calls on her fellow street urchins to help track down the killer of her policeman father. Co-starring matinee idol William “Billy” Haines, the film was a smash hit for writer, producer and star Pickford. Film historian Kevin Brownlow, who received an Honorary Award from the Academy in 2010, says about the film, “when you think that it was all shot on the Pickford-Fairbanks backlot…it is all the more remarkable….All the artistry, technical skill, and emotional impact of a medium only thirty years old shine triumphantly through.”

Jeffrey Vance, author of acclaimed books on Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, will speak before the film and discuss the legacy of Pickford as a trailblazing actress, writer, producer and preservation advocate. Tonight’s 35mm print was sourced from Pickford’s personal nitrate print, and director of the Academy Film Archive Michael Pogorzelski will discuss the restoration of the film.

This new restoration was sourced from a 35mm tinted nitrate print loaned to the Academy Film Archive by the Library of Congress and contains some longer scenes, different camera set-ups, and multiple visual effects not seen in the previously available black and white version.

Join us November 10 for Defining Character: The Art of the Costume Designer and November 17 for The Costume of Silent Comedy: Charlie Chaplin and The Tramp

On November 3 only, Hollywood Costume will have extended hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and free admission for Little Annie Rooney screening ticketholders. Visitors must present their tickets at the Hollywood Costume box office for free entry and are encouraged to arrive no later than 6:15 p.m. to allow for adequate viewing time. Those who purchase tickets to Little Annie Rooney may view the exhibition Hollywood Costume free of charge immediately before the screening, from 5 to 7 p.m. 

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$5 general admission  |  $3 Academy members and students with a valid ID.

Ticket includes admission to both features screening on the same date. Parking is free for vehicles entering after 7 pm. 

Visitors who buy tickets to the Academy’s Hollywood Costume exhibition will receive free admission to Hollywood Costume public programs held on the same day as their purchase. Visitors must present their Hollywood Costume ticket at a LACMA Ticket Office to redeem their complimentary public program ticket. 
Exhibition tickets for Hollywood Costume are on sale now at
$20 Adults ǀ $15 Seniors (62+) 
$10 for students with ID and children under 13.