The Artist isn’t the only silent masterpiece to screen in IFI this week. On Monday, January 9th we launch a new series of must-see cinema from the IFI Irish Film Archive with Come On Over – an absolute cracker made in the original silent era in 1922.
The film which we acquired recently from our friends at MoMA, New York, is a lively comedy about a young man who emigrates from a thatched cottage in the bucolic backwater of Lisdoonvarna to a rooming house in the bustling metroplis of New York leaving behind his beloved, Moyna, and his clay-pipe-smoking mother. Full of romantic misunderstanding and merry japes and peopled with society dames and drunks and smiling Irish cops, Come On Over features a brilliant cast of Irish and Irish American players including the dashing Ralph Graves, the indomitable ingénue Colleen Moore, and the wonderful comedienne Cork-born Kate Price.
It’s a joy from start to finish, not least for the inter-titles written in a bizarre Oirish brogue. Some of my favourites include “But, Shane darlin’, you’re making me your widdy before you make me your wife!”; “It’s my little Moyna or her fetch – Only your voice is taller than it once was”; “It’s yourself that’s had the use of the May dew on her cheeks” and there’s lots more where those came from.
Adding to the entertainment and creating a live musical soundtrack will be the clever musical underscoring by pianist, Morgan Cooke and the lively jigs of piper Maitiú O Caiseide.
All proceeds go to the IFI Irish Film Archive Preservation Fund.
For more information on Monthly Must-See Cinema and Come on Over, please visit www.ifi.ie or call the IFI Box Office on 01-679 3477.