cinematically insane

Every Thursday in September, Turner Classic Movies pays tribute to silent comedy pioneer Mack Sennett, screening 83 short subjects and 4 feature films, most of which have undergone (or are still undergoing, as of this writing) extensive restoration and musical scoring by Paul Gierucki and his team at CineMuseum.

The first two of the four evenings devoted to Sennett this month were programmed almost entirely with short subjects. Thirty shorts were presented on TCM on September 6, some dating back as far as 1909, when Sennett began his film career at the Biograph Company in New York. Last Thursday, 18 were screened, all produced between 1915 and 1917 by Sennett’s Edendale, California-based Keystone Film Company, then affiliated with D.W. Griffith and Thomas Ince in the Triangle Film Corporation.

This week, TCM once again presents a wealth of shorts produced by the Mack Sennett Comedies Company, formed after…

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