The aptly named "Smouldering Fires" (1925) stars Pauline Frederick as Jane Vale, a tough-minded, middle-aged business woman who falls in love with her much younger employee, played by Malcolm McGregor. But complications ensue when, just before their marriage, Jane’s younger sister returns home from college.
The silent film explores themes of love, betrayal, and societal expectations, as Jane finds herself torn between her passion and the consequences of her actions. "Smouldering Fires" is known for its sophisticated storytelling and Frederick's compelling performance.
William Wright will be performing an all new, original live score for Smouldering Fires. Wright is a composer of contemporary concert music and film scores with an advanced credential in Orchestration for Film and Television from Berklee College of Music. In 2021, William was honored by the faculty of Milan Italy’s Screen Music Program as the 2021 recipient of their top prize, “Best Composer for the Screen.”
Clarence Brown Film Festival
This event is part of the Clarence Brown Film Festival, celebrating the work and legacy of Knoxvillian Clarence Brown (1890–1987). Nominated for eight Oscars, Brown directed the biggest stars of the silver screen including Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, and Elizabeth Taylor.
This screening takes place at Central Cinema in the heart of Happy Holler, the neighborhood where Clarence Brown spent his childhood in Knoxville. Free and open to the public. No ticket or registration required.
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