Irish Premiere Film Screening
with Live Musical Accompaniment
8pm – Friday 19th September
George Bernard Shaw Theatre
Old Dublin Road, Carlow
There is something deliciously ironic about one of the last films Carlow-born director William Desmond Taylor ever made being titled ‘Morals’, since his unsolved murder months later led to the introduction of the notorious Hays Code, Hollywood’s 40 year-long system of self-censorship that was aimed to appease America’s 20th century puritans.Adapted from the 1905 best-selling novel, The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke, the film is, astonishingly, a remake, (Paramount first made the film in 1915) and it describes the story of a middle-aged schoolmaster who, having unexpectedly inherited money and a title, comes across a young girl weeping in a park; the girl, it transpires, has recently left a Turkish harem for an arranged marriage in London but has run away. Not knowing what else to do, Sir Marcus brings her home.
The film stars the luminous Irish-American actress May McAvoy, who had the distinction of featuring in not only the most expensive silent film of all time, Ben Hur (1925), but also in the film that ultimately killed silent cinema; The Jazz Singer (1927)
Using an extraordinarily rare 35mm print on loan from Washington DC’s Library Congress, this one-off screening will be an Irish Premiere. Presented in its original form with live musical accompaniment by local multi-instrumental performer Eric Bulter, the screening will be a unique experience for anyone interested in the art or history of cinema and the Irish contribution to it. Audience members are encouraged to get into the swing of things by attending in their Jazz Age Glad Rags!