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The Toll of The Sea
August 16, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Silent Summer Film Festival Event
The Toll of The Sea (1922)
Starring: Anna May Wong • Kenneth Harlan • Beatrice Bentley
Directed by Chester M. Franklin
Film introduction & presentation by the SFSC’s Elizabeth Rye
Live theatre organ score performed by Jay Warren
The Toll of the Sea is a 1922 American silent drama film directed by Chester M. Franklin, produced by the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, released by Metro Pictures, and featuring Anna May Wong in her first leading role. The film was written by Frances Marion and directed by Chester M. Franklin (brother of director Sidney Franklin), with the lead roles played by Wong and Kenneth Harlan. The plot was a variation of the Madam Butterfly story, set in China instead of Japan.
The film was the second Technicolor feature (after 1917’s The Gulf Between), the first color feature made in Hollywood, and the first Technicolor color feature anywhere that did not require a special projector to be shown.
The film premiered on November 26, 1922 at the Rialto Theatre in New York City, and went into general release on January 22, 1923.
- SFSC Members and Guests: $8
- $12 Advance Sale
- $15 at the door on day of show