A meticulously restored version of 1927’s “Wings,” starring Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen and Gary Cooper, will play as part of a celebration of Paramount Pictures’ 100th anniversary. The screening will also feature live musical accompaniment from organist Clark Wilson, who has accompanied silent films at theaters around the country including the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Having “Wings” debut a week before Oscar’s Jan. 24 nomination announcement is interesting timing, considering the film could end up being simply the first silent film to win, instead of the only. In fact, this year’s “The Artist,” which continues to gain awards traction, appears to be prepping for a nomination. If it were to win best picture, it would be the first silent film to win in 83 years.
Tickets for “Wings” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and are available online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office and by mail.