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Philip Carli returns to town, with a Douglas Fairbanks adventure-comedy

PRIMITIVE CHEERFULNESS — Pictured is a scene from “The Mollycoddle,” a silent movie that will be shown at the Springville Center for the Arts on July 13.
SPRINGVILLE — In the climatic scene of “The Mollycoddle,” the main character, played by Douglas Fairbanks, tumbles down a ravine with a thug.

This is the type of feat Fairbanks captured, in his films, in early cinema.

“The Mollycoddle” depicts Fairbanks as a Europeanized dandy who is relearning the rough, frontier skills of his Arizona forefathers.

The Springville Center for the Arts will present the adventure-comedy with a live soundtrack, performed by Dr. Philip Carli, on Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m.

Fairbanks spent the early part of his career making comedies. He was the founder of United Artists and the Motion Picture Academy.

While Fairbanks’ movies lessened in frequency, after the advent of the talkies, Director Victor Fleming went on to direct both “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind.”

Carli is the house accompanist for the George Eastman House. He has performed at the Berlin Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and at many festivals and cinemas around the world.

He has recorded soundtracks for the Library of Congress, Turner Classics and AMC TV.

The Springville Center for the Arts is located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville. Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased, by calling 592-9038.

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