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THE FIRST DEGREE in Ann Arbor

June 25, 2022 ,  7:30pm

Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104 , go to map

Admissions: $16 General
$13 Students, Seniors, U.S. Veterans
$11 MTF Members

Lobby card for THE FIRST DEGREE (1923)

CFA is excited to bring recently rediscovered silent film The First Degree (1923) to the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 25 at 7:30. This special screening will feature a live performance of a newly commissioned score by Chicago experimental indie rock group Quasar Wut-Wut.

In The First Degree, Frank Mayo stars as tortured, good-hearted Sam Purdy, a sheep farmer ruthlessly blackmailed by his jealous half-brother Will (Philo McCullough) over their mutual affection for Mary (Sylvia Breamer). Director Edward Sedgwick, who primarily made comedies (including Buster Keaton’s 1928 The Cameraman), ratchets the tension between the two brothers until it explodes in a dramatic courtroom encounter.

Like most feature films made during the silent era, The First Degree was presumed lost forever — until an original 35mm nitrate film print from 1923 was discovered in the collections of Chicago Film Archives in 2020.

Location:
Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104
go to map
Hours:7:30pm
Admissions:$16 General
$13 Students, Seniors, U.S. Veterans
$11 MTF Members
Parking:Street parking is available, with meters enforced from 8am to 6pm Monday - Saturday.
Additional Information:The Michigan Theater requires ALL patrons to show proof of full COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours. Masks are optional but highly encouraged and required when interacting with MTF staff and volunteers.
Web address:michtheater.org/first-degree