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BEGGARS OF LIFE

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BEGGARS OF LIFE

(1928) On the run after killing a molesting stepfather, dressed-as-a-boy Louise Brooks is befriended by Richard Arlen and falls in with Wallace Beery’s band of hoboes. Long-thought-lost silent classic, with Brooks’ best pre-German work and dazzling location work on speeding trains. Print courtesy George Eastman House. Preservation funded by The Film Foundation. 

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"A great opportunity to see a rarely screened film not readily available on DVD. Girls dressed as boys, pastoral life gone wrong, the mingling of the races, desperation depicted among the glitz and glamour of the twenties – there is a lot of friction and a lot going on in Beggars of Life. It's a more than worthwhile film and one well worth watching."
– Thomas Gladysz, Huffington Post
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“Starts magnificently with a stark, surprising opening, illustrative of the best silent visual technique… Even disguised as a boy, the Brooks face and personality are quite stunning.”
– William K. Everson

“One of Hollywood's first sympathetic portraits of life on the run from the police… The camera loves Louise Brooks, and she rewards it with a performance that radiates inner life.”
– Time Out (London)