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MBC Interactive Archive Retrospective: Highlights of World Cinema THE FLYING ACE, STEAMBOAT WILLIE & SUSPENSE, with a surprise announcement and more!

  • 06 Jun 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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WED, JUNE 06, 7p:

Miami Premiere of the new

restoration By Kino Lorber!


Directed by RICHARD E. NORMAN/USA/1926/1hr, 05mins.

Starring Laurence Criner and Kathryn Boyd

Music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

One-sheet poster, THE FLYING ACE, 1926, from the #MBCarchive 

THE FLYING ACE is the sixth of seven feature films made by Richard E. Norman at Norman Studios in Jacksonville, featuring all African American casts. Norman is one of two famous champions of these films known at the time as “race films”, the other being Oscar Micheaux, based in Chicago. While Michaeux’s works are largely message films, Norman’s are pure entertainment, and this three reel mystery “actioner” is his most well known and popular. Laurence Criner plays a WWI fighter pilot who returns from the war to his old job as railroad detective. Kathryn Boyd plays a role inspired by Bessie Coleman, the first person to obtain an international pilot’s license. The Norman Studios, located at 6337 Arlington Road in Jacksonville, is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is currently being renovated into a film museum dedicated to the pioneer filmmaker.

The film will be preceded by a short Skype visit to the

Jacksonville Norman Studios with  

Board Member Deven Stuart Lesley         

"One of the year’s most exciting and historically significant

archival projects"-LA Times

2016 Film Heritage Award -National Society of Film Critics



Directed by UB IWERKS and WALT DISNEY/USA/1928/8mins.

Starring Mickey Mouse

The Theater-based Mickey Mouse Club pin, 1930, from the #MBCarchive

The debut of the most famous animated character in history!




Directed by LOIS WEBER and PHILLIPS SMALLEY/1913/USA/10mins.

The first woman to direct a feature film in the USA, Lois Weber also made hundreds of shorts with her co-director husband Phillips Smalley. Lois stars as a young mother who is home alone when a tramp enters her house in this visually captivating and stylistically advanced thriller. The chase scene, the use of split-screen, and the shots of the tramp ascending into the house are all powerful visuals that proclaim Weber and Smalley’s skill as film directors.

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