For decades, this 1924 production of Herbert Brenon’s Peter Pan was thought to be lost; until 1971, when a well-preserved 35mm nitrate color print was discovered at the Eastman Theater in Rochester, New York. In 1995, a full restoration was made possible with funding from the Walt Disney Corporation, and Peter Pan premiered at the Pordenone Film Festival in 1996. Celebrated in its time for innovative use of special effects, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2000.
Featuring Betty Bronson (handpicked by author Barrie himself) as Peter Pan, Ernest Torrence (a reliable villain in many silent films of the era) as Captain Hook, Mary Brian (“The Sweetest Girl in Pictures”) as Wendy, Virginia Browne Faire (“a dainty, delightful bit of femininity”) as Tinker Bell, and Anna May Wong (the first Chinese-American Hollywood movie star) as the princess Tiger Lily, the timeless tale of a magical boy who refuses to grow up and the Darling children who join him in his Never Never Land escapades, is brought to life with fairy dust, youthful wonder, high-seas adventure, and a gorgeous musical score from our co-presenting partners at Musica Marin!
Not Rated. Director Herbert Brenon (US 1924) 102 min.
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