An illustrated lecture by film scholar Susan Doll—the first in a weekly series of 15 lectures and film programs cosponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois—about the early days of silent pictures, before any organized censorship existed. Among the films to be screened are some Edison and Mutoscope productions of the 1890s and early 1900s and a couple of narrative shorts from 1916, Cleo Madison and Joe King’s Her Defiance and John Emerson’s The Mystery of the Leaping Fish, starring Douglas Fairbanks and Bessie Love. David Drazin will provide piano accompaniment.