Silent Canadian classic Back to God's Country gets free screening at Cinematheque with live piano accompaniment

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      Feel dirty after Justice League...? Need to cleanse?

      Get back to the celluloid source at Cinematheque on Friday (November 17) with the theatre's free screening of 1919's Back to God's Country, starring early Canadian film star Nell Shipman and a supporting cast of real bears. 

      Adapted with monumental liberties by the actor from a short stort about a Great Dane (!), Back to God's Country features Shipman as the almost-feral heroine Dolores LaBeau, whose adventures, pursued by would-be rapist Rydel (Wellington Playter), take her from the Canadian woodlands all the way to a climactic chase in the Arctic.

      Thanks in part to a nude swimming scene, Back to God's Country became the most successful Canadian film of the silent era.

      Friday's screening is accompanied live by Cinémathèque Québécoise pianist in residence Gabriel Thibaudeau, performing his own score for the restored film, considered lost until its rediscovery in 1985.

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