Peter Pan

Scene from the film Peter Pan
scene from the film PETER PAN (1924)

Herbert Brenon’s 1924 film is the first of the many cinematic versions of the Peter Pan story, and it remains arguably the best--expertly capturing the playful innocent and enthralling magic of the tale. 

The mysterious Peter Pan enters the nursery of the Darling children and, with the help of fairy dust, leads them off to Never Never Land, where they embark on a set of magical adventures and encounter the nefarious Captain Hook. This first-ever film version of Peter Pan stars Anna May Wong as the character ""Tiger Lily"" in one of her first film roles.

This family-friendly special event will feature live musical accompaniment by acclaimed musicians Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton. Childern and families are warmly encouraged to dress in costumes and participate in a costume parade before the film.

The film is part of our ongoing series "From Silent Film Star to American Icon: Celebrating Anna May Wong", presented in partnership with the Wharton Studio Museum and Cinemapolis in honor of Silent Movie Month in Ithaca. 

This series is made possible by generous support from the Asian-American Studies Program, the East Asian Program at the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Performing and Media Arts, and the Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. 

About the musicians: 
For twenty years, Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton have been among the only major performers in the US creating vocals as well as instrumentals for classic silent films and have won high praise from experts in the field, as well as enthusiastic supporters of all ages everywhere they appear. Donald and Joanna (who obtained a Theatre Arts degree from Cornell) bring their unique blend of keyboards, vocals, and percussion to major film festivals—New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Telluride, TriBeCa and more—and to MoMA, BAM, AFI Silver, the Thailand Silent Film Festival, and others. Joanna grew up in Manhattan and Donald is originally from Rye, NY.


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