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CC_The_Champion_19156 December

The Champion/The Tramp (Dir. Charlie Chaplin, 1915)   The Champion sees Charlie Chaplin as a trainee boxer with a big punch thanks to the lucky horseshoe in his glove.   In The Tramp, 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.  A significant milestone in Chaplin’s move from comedy to pathos.  Find out more at  Wikipedia  and  IMDb   Live musical accompaniment by Richard Lennox.   Curzon, Cleavdon  Link

15 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. Roses, TewkesburyLink

Steamboat Bill Jr (Dir. Charles Reisner/Buster Keaton, 1928)  Neil Brand presents an evening of Buster Keaton through a range of clips, Steamnboat_Bill_Jr_posteranecdotes and a classic main feature with live musical accompaniment.  In Steamboat Bill Jnr, a crusty river boat captain hopes that his long departed son’s return will help him compete with a business rival.  Unfortunately, William Canfield Jnr (Buster Keaton) is an effete college boy.  Worse still, he has fallen for the business rival’s daughter (Marion Byron).  Not a commercial success at the time, this is now rightly regarded as a Keaton classic.    Find out more at Wikipedia      Watershed, Bristol  Link