North of England

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3 December

Steamboat Bill Jr (Dir. Charles Reisner/Buster Keaton, 1928)  Neil Brand presents an evening of Buster Keaton through a range of clips, anecdotes 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      Showroom, Sheffield, Yorks   Link

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Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages  (Dir.  Benjamin Christenson, 1922)  Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.  Based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum,  a 15th-century German guide for  inquisitors.  Find out more at Wikipedia.    With live musical accompaniment by Josephine Oniyama.  Home, Manchester   Link

13 December

Haxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages  (Dir.  Benjamin Christenson, 1922)  Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.  Based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum,  a 15th-century German guide for  inquisitors.  Find out more at Wikipedia.    With live musical accompaniment by Josephine Oniyama.  Home, Manchester   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    National Media Museum Picture House, Bradford  Link

15 December

Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chase  shorts (titles tbc)  With live piano accompaniment by Jonathan Best.  Choppards Mission, Holmfirth, Yorks   Link