Should we be surprised that Mr. Beans Holiday is a big, fat flop? Maybe itll take another 100 years for Rowan Atkinson to be considered a genius, or not, like Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), whos featured in four short-film programs through October 1. Dennis James will introduce the two-reelers (thats about 22 minutes each), grouped into threes on successive Mondays. Then he fires up the Wurlitzer organ to underscore the comedy. Tonight hell pull out the stops to silent titles including The Vagabond, in which the little tramp is a penniless violin player who bravely rescues a girl from evil gypsies! (Its 1916, people, so ethnic stereotypes abound.) And then he loses her! And then it turns out the girl (Edna Purviance) may actually be a rich heiress! Will they ever be reunited? Will those damn gypsies spoil their happiness? Youll have to watch the comic melodrama to find outand maybe get hooked for the rest of the series.
Mon., Sept. 10, 7 p.m.