featuring Hitchcock’s silent Champagne with live musical accompaniment by Dr. Philip Carli (party @ 7:15; film @ 9:00)
Cornell Cinema’s annual Elegant Winter Party has become a must-attend event on the social calendars of cinema-loving Ithacans, and this year’s tenth anniversary edition will not disappoint. As the closing installment of the series Selections from The Hitchcock 9, the Elegant Party will showcase a rare screening of the fun and frothy (yet, with a dark side) Hitchcock silent, Champagne (1928), starring an extremely appealing Betty Balfour as the frivolous flapper daughter of a millionaire who decides to teach her a lesson by feigning bankruptcy. The film features fabulous art deco sets and fashion. With live piano music by world-renowned silent film accompanist Dr. Philip Carli, the film is a delightful romp with definitive Hitchcockian touches. The evening kicks off with a reception at 7:15—featuring a complimentary glass of bubbly for all (of age) party-goers courtesy of Sparrow’s Wine Legend—during which time local musician A.J. Strauss will provide jazzy piano music and patrons can enjoy scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, courtesy of some of Ithaca’s finest dining and catering establishments, as well as a cash bar. After mingling, munching, and sipping, there will be drawings for an array of fabulous door prizes before Dr. Carli takes the stage, and Champagne lights up the screen at 9pm.