Film Forum -- New York City September 19, 2017
with live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner
Northbrook Public Library -- Northbrook, Illinois September 20, 2017
with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin
Cleveland Cinematheque -- Cleveland, Ohio September 23, 2017
introduced by Jim Tully biographer Paul Bauer
National Audiovisual Institute, KAVI -- Helsinki, Finland October 12 and 15, 2017
Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn, New York November 12, 2017
with live piano accompaniment by Bernie Anderson. Hosted & Curated by Ken Gordon.
Wisconsin Cinematheque -- Madison, Wisconsin December 1, 2017
Riverrun International Film Festival -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina April, 2018
An American silent film classic, Beggars of Life (1928) stars Louise Brooks as a train-hopping hobo who dresses like a boy to survive. After escaping her violent stepfather, Nancy (Brooks) befriends kindly drifter Jim (Richard Arlen). They ride the rails together until a fateful encounter with the blustery Oklahoma Red (Wallace Beery) and his rambunctious band of hoboes, leading to daring, desperate conflict on top of a moving train. Based on the memoir of real-life hobo Jim Tully, and directed with adventuresome verve by William Wellman (Wings, The Public Enemy, A Star is Born, The Ox-Bow Incident, etc....), Beggars of Life is an essential American original.
This first ever study of Beggars of Life looks at the film Oscar-winning director William Wellman thought his finest silent movie. Based on Jim Tully’s bestselling book of hobo life—and filmed by Wellman the year after he made Wings (the first film to win the Best Picture Oscar), Beggars of Life is a riveting drama about an orphan girl (screen legend Louise Brooks) who kills her abusive stepfather and flees the law. She meets a boy tramp (leading man Richard Arlen), and together they ride the rails through a dangerous hobo underground ruled over by Oklahoma Red (future Oscar winner Wallace Beery). Beggars of Life showcases Brooks in her best American silent—a film the Cleveland Plain Dealer described as “a raw, sometimes bleeding slice of life.” With more than 50 little seen images, and a foreword by William Wellman, Jr.