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1 DecemberAnnaMayWongPiccadillyCover

Piccadilly (Dir. E A Dupont, 1929)   A young Chinese woman (Anna May Wong), working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club’s main act which soon leads to a plot of betrayal, forbidden love and murder.  Find out more at Wikipedia.  Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.   London Transport Museum   Link

2 DecemberStory of floating weeds

A Story of Floating Weeds (Dir. Yasujiro Ozu, 1934)  Actor Kihachi (Takeshi Sakamoto) steals off every day to visit his ex-lover Otsune (Chouko Iida) and their son, Shinkichi. Kihachi’s lover, Otaka (Rieko Yagumo), learns Kihachi’s secret and plots to ruin Shinkichi and humiliate Kihachi. But things don’t go as she has planned.  An early masterpiece from one of Japan’s greatest directors.  Find out more at  IMDb     A Kennington Bioscope presentation with short films and live musical accompaniment.   Cinema Museum, Lambeth   Link

5 December

City Lights (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1931)  The story of the little tramp (Charlie Chaplin)’s on-off friendship with an alcoholic millionaire (Harry Myers) and his efforts to help a blind flower seller (Virginia Cherrill).  A Chaplin classic, eloquent, moving and funny. Find out more at Wikipedia   BFI Southbank  Link

6 December

The Kid/The Goldrush (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1921/25)    In The Kid, a tramp (Chaplin) befriends and raises an abandoned waif (Jackie Coogan) while in The Gold Rush Chaplin plays a lone prospector venturing into Alaska to look for gold. He gets mixed up with some burly characters and falls in love with the beautiful Georgia (Georgia Hale). He tries to win her heart with his singular charm. Classic scenes include Chaplin cooking up his boot to stave off hunger and the cabin he is in precariously balancing on the edge of a precipice.    Find out more at   Wikipedia  and IMDb     Regent St Cinema, London   Link

A Trip To The Moon + shorts (Dir. Georges Melies, 1902)  A team of astronauts journey to the moon in a space capsule fired from a giant cannon.  They encounter alien inhabitants, fight them off and return to earth.  Making early use of a wide range of cinematic techniques (superimposition, dissolves, rapid editing) Melies creates a milestone in world cinema history, the first true science fiction film, both entertaining and groundbreaking.  Find out more at  IMDb    Cine Lumiere, London LinkVoyage_dans_la_lune_title_card

The Tramp + short films (Dir. Various, 1915)  The little tramp (Charlie Chaplin)  finds the girl of his dreams and works on her family farm. He helps defend the farm against criminals, and all seems well, until he discovers the girl already has a boyfriend. He takes to the road, though he is seen skipping and swinging his cane as if happy to be back in the life where he knows he belongs. A significant milestone in Chaplin’s move from comedy to pathos.  Find out more at  IMDb      Live musical accompaniment by Guildhall School’s Jazz and Music Therapy programme.  Barbican, London    Link

The Frozen North (Dir.  Edward F. Cline & Buster Keaton, 1922) + Big Business    ( Dir. James W. Horne & Leo McCarey, 1929) + shorts.  In The Frozen North, Buster plays a bumbling villain in a melodramatic parody.  The film was intended as a satirical parody of silent film cowboy William S Hart who had spoken out against Keaton’s friend Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle during his trial for murder. In Big Business, Laurel and Hardy’s efforts to sell a Christmas tree to James Finlayson escalates to near armageddon.    Find out more at  Wikipedia and  IMDb    Live musical accompaniment by Neil Brand.  Royal Albert Hall, London    Link

10 December

7th Heaven (Dir. Frank Borzage, 1927)   Chico (Charles Farrell), a Parisian sewer worker saves a young prostitute (Janet Gaynor) from the murderous rage of her sister. Chico reluctantly allows her to live with him and love blossoms. However, World War I looms and threatens their future.  Find out more at  Wikipedia   Live musical accompaniment by KT Tunstall, Mara Carlyle and composer Max de Wardener.   BFI Southbank, London   Link

13 December

City Lights/Modern Times (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1931/1936)  City Lights is the story of the little tramp (Charlie Chaplin)’s on-off friendship with an alcoholic millionaire (Harry Myers) and his efforts to help a blind flower seller (Virginia Cherrill).  A Chaplin classic, eloquent, moving and funny. Modern Times was Chaplin’s last silent (although filled with sound effects) and his first overtly political film.  The little Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Hailed as one of Chaplin’s greatest achievements, it remains one of his most popular films.  Find out more at Wikipedia  and IMDb      Regent St Cinema, London Link

Modern Times (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1936)   Chaplin’s last silent (although filled with sound effects) and his first overtly political film.  The little Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Hailed as one of Chaplin’s greatest achievements, it remains one of his most popular films. Find out more at Wikipedia    Stratford Picturehouse, London  Link

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Sherlock Jnr (Dir.  Buster Keaton, 1924) + local silent films.  A film projectionist (Buster Keaton)  longs to be a detective, and puts his meager skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing the pocketwatch of his girlfriend (Kathryn McGuire) ‘s father.  Although not a popular success on its initial release, the film has come to be recognised as a Keaton classic.  Find out more at   Wikipedia  With live musical accompaniment by Tom Marlow of the Lucky Dog Picturehouse  David Lean Cinema, Croydon Clocktower, Croydon   Link

17 December

Make More Noise – Suffragettes In Silent Film.   This collection of newsreels, documentaries and early comedies from the BFI National Archive shows how suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen while their battles were still being waged on the streets outside.  With recorded accompaniment by Lillian Henley.  Southill Park Cinema, BracknellLink

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Phantom Of The Opera (Dir. Rupert Julian, 1925)   The mysterious phantom (Lon Chaney) is a vengeful composer living in the catacombs under the Paris Opera House, determined to promote the career of  the singer he loves (Mary Philbin).  Famed for the phantom’s shock unmasking, incredible set designs and the masked ball sequence, it still packs a punch. Find out more at Wikipedia.   Sands Films, Rotherhithe  Link

 Modern Times (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1936)   Chaplin’s last silent (although filled with sound effects) and his first overtly political film.  The little Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Hailed as one of Chaplin’s greatest achievements, it remains one of his most popular films. Find out more at Wikipedia    Picturehouse West End, London  Link

Modern Times (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1936)   Chaplin’s last silent (although filled with sound effects) and his first overtly political film.  The little Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman. Hailed as one of Chaplin’s greatest achievements, it remains one of his most popular films. Find out more at Wikipedia    Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton, London Link