Bergen Screens Classics from Silent Film Era

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College will continue its “Cinema Ciccone” film series with the screening of two classics from the silent film era – “Assunta Spina” and “The Immigrant” Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road).

Produced in 1915, “Assunta Spina” is based on the novel and play by Salvatore Di Giacomo. It portrays a working-class girl in Naples, Italy, whose livelihood and honor is constantly threatened by those more powerful than herself. “The Immigrant,” produced in 1917, stars Charlie Chaplin, who also wrote and directed the film. The movie depicts Chaplin as an immigrant who is accused of theft on his voyage to the U.S. and how he falls in love with a young woman.

Bergen professor John T. LaBarbera also will perform two newly composed scores to enhance the experience.

Admission is $20 per person. For additional information, please call (201) 447-7428 or visit

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 14,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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