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FROM THE VAULTS: IRENE

Director: Alfred E. Green

90 mins, 1926, Colour and Black and White, Digital


This film screened on Sunday 6th December 2015.

This early Irish emigrant comedy follows Irene (Colleen Moore) as she leaves her beer-swilling father (Charles Murray) and her washerwoman mother (Kate Price) for the bright lights of New York City. Her job with boutique proprietor Madame Lucy (George K. Arthur in one of the earliest gay characterisations on screen) provides much comic potential and the film’s climax is a startling two-strip Technicolor fashion sequence in an otherwise black and white film. Irene is a highly entertaining vehicle for the indomitable Colleen Moore, one of the most fashionable stars of the silent era, and the warmly comedic Cork-born Kate Price.

Irene has recently been acquired by the IFI Irish Film Archive from the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

This screening will be accompanied by pianist Morgan Cooke.

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