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The First Degree

Filmstill from THE FIRST DEGREE

Sun 29.10.

  • USA / 1923
    66 min. / DCP / English original version

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Video introduction: Olivia Babler (Chicago Film Archives) in English

Frank Mayo plays the kind-hearted sheep farmer Sam Purdy, who is mercilessly blackmailed by his jealous half-brother Will. The story is told largely in flashbacks, with the tension between the two brothers mounting and finally erupting in a dramatic confession of murder in the courtroom. Like many feature films from the silent era, THE FIRST DEGREE was thought to be lost until a print was found in the collections of the Chicago Film Archives in 2020. The musical accompaniment was composed by the Chicago rock band Quasar Wut-Wut.

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media