This stylishly frothy comedy concerns a bratty flapper (ebullient silent superstar Balfour) whose millionaire father decides to teach her a lesson by pretending he’s broke. As our heroine plunges into a shabby working-class subsistence, Hitchcock locates the sinister undercurrents in this riches-to-rags reverse fairy tale. Among its stylistic innovations: cinema history’s first freeze-frame.
by pianist Steve Sterner
Steve Sterner has written music for and accompanied over 300 silent films. In addition to his 25 year association with the Film Forum in New York, he has performed at MoMA, the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, and the legendary Thalia Theatre in New York.