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Silent Clowns: Constance Talmadge, The Duchess of Buffalo (1926)

March 9 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

The Silent Clowns Film Series, showcasing silent rare and overlooked films from the 1920s with live piano accompaniment.

After starting her career as a teenager at Brooklyn’s Vitagraph Studio, Constance Talmadge became one of the most popular comediennes of her day in starring features such as Dulcy (1923), Her Sister from Paris(1925), and this program’s deftly-played farce The Duchess of Buffalo(1926). Since many of her films have been lost or unavailable, her talents have been neglected, so this program is the perfect opportunity to highlight her many talents. Our extra added attraction is the equally overlooked Wanda Wiley in her two-reeler A Thrilling Romance(1926).

The Silent Clowns film series is New York’s longest-running regularly scheduled silent film showcase, featuring silent films paired with live piano accompaniment and discussion. The Silent Clowns’ programming reaches the serious film buff by including rarely-screened titles and rare prints, yet it also introduces kids and new audiences to the classics of the silent screen. Screenings feature piano by MoMA’s Ben Model, with an introduction and Q&A by film historians Model and Steve Massa.

Photo Caption: Constance Tamadge and Edward Martindel in The Duchess of Buffalo (1926). The Billy Rose Theatre Collection.

SEATING POLICY | Programs are free and open to all, but registration is requested. Check-in line forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. Five minutes before the advertised start time, all seats are released, regardless of registration, to our patrons in the stand-by line. If you arrive after the program starts, you will be seated at the discretion of our front-of-house staff.

STANDBY LINE | If registration is sold out or has ended, do not fret! We welcome you to come to the Library regardless of registration status and wait in our standby line, which forms 45 minutes before the advertised start time. Five minutes before the program starts, all remaining seats are released. While this is not guaranteed, we will do our best to get you into any of our programs.

ASSISTIVE LISTENING AND ASL | ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

BRUNO WALTER POLICY | Please note that any unoccupied seat will be released five minutes before the show begins and holding seats for anyone beyond that is prohibited. There is no food or drink allowed inside the venue.

AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDING | Programs may be photographed and recorded by and at the discretion of the Library for the Performing Arts and will post signs indicating as such. If you would prefer your image not be captured, please let us know and we can seat you accordingly. Attending any program indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any and all purposes of the New York Public Library.

PRESS | Please send all press inquiries to Alex Teplitzky at Please note that all recording, including professional video recordings, are prohibited without expressed consent from the Library.

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