Little Orphant Annie? (1918) 60 mins
With live music
Annie, an imaginative young orphan girl is sent to live with her abusive uncle, who then sends her to live with another family. She is smitten with love for a farmer who intervenes on her behalf, stopping the abuse. Along the way, we are treated to see Annie's fantasies as she imparts moral lessons on other orphans and on the children of her new family.
Following the feature, a short fairy tale:
Voice of the Nightingale (1923) 13mins
The images can be compared to a children’s book with pictures in soft watercolours and a story about birds and a girl’s dreams. Happy about having a nightingale caged as a pet, the girl begins to have dreams about a nightingale couple, and the sadness the bird feels when its partner is gone. On awakening, she realizes that a bird is not a toy, but a living creature that must be free.
Silents in the library series includes the following:
- Little Orphant Annie? – Sunday November 4
- Tell England – Sunday November 11
- Shiraz – Sunday November 18
- Beggars of Life – Sunday November 25