London and South East

2 August

animals-of-wwi-01The Animals of World War One  (Dir. Various, 1914-18) (Screening format – not known, 90 mins)  Over 16 million animals played a role in the First World War. They were used for transport, communication and companionship. The machine gun made the cavalry charge archaic but horse power was used everywhere – to carry food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to the front. Dogs and pigeons carried messages, canaries detected poisonous gases, cats and dogs were trained to clear the trenches of rats. More unusual animals – including foxes, monkeys, bears and lions – were even kept as pets and mascots. From dogs and pigeons to cats and monkeys – this archive footage shows the roles they played in WWI. Introduced by Matthew Lee, Imperial War Museum and with live piano accompaniment.  BFI Southbank, London   Link

11 August

wheels-of-war-01The Wheels of War: Transport in WWI  (Dir. various, 1914-18) Screening format – not known, 90 mins)  The movement of men and equipment is a vital part of the logistics of war. Jane Fish of the Imperial War Museum recounts the many and varied methods of transport used on the fighting fronts of WWI. They range from the traditional four-legged varieties to those on rails, wheels, caterpillar tracks and even the latest airborne machines. The planes, trains and automobiles of the 1914-18 war are illustrated in this selection of rare films from the IWM and BFI. Introduced by Jane Fish, Imperial War Museum and with live musical accompaniment.   BFI Southbank, London  Link

12August

couple-of-down-and-outs-01A Couple of Down and Outs (Dir. Walter Summers, 1923) (Screening format – DCP, 85mins) Walter Summers, British cinema’s best exponent of war pictures, tells the moving story of an unemployed man who recognises his old artillery horse from the battlefields of the First World War as it’s being led off to the knacker’s yard. Man and horse go on the run in a beautifully executed tale of official indifference and individual compassion. Based on a story by William Townend, this is very much the War Horse of its day. The original materials are preserved in the EYE Film Institute Amsterdam. This is a new digital print from the BFI National Archive.  Find out more at  normantaylordotorg.wordpress.com   With live piano accompaniment.  BFI Southbank, London Link

14 August

couple-of-down-and-outs-01A Couple of Down and Outs (Dir. Walter Summers, 1923) (Screening format – DCP, 85mins) Walter Summers, British cinema’s best exponent of war pictures, tells the moving story of an unemployed man who recognises his old artillery horse from the battlefields of the First World War as it’s being led off to the knacker’s yard. Man and horse go on the run in a beautifully executed tale of official indifference and individual compassion. Based on a story by William Townend, this is very much the War Horse of its day. The original materials are preserved in the EYE Film Institute Amsterdam. This is a new digital print from the BFI National Archive.  Find out more at  normantaylordotorg.wordpress.com   With live piano accompaniment.  BFI Southbank, London Link

18 August

cinema-goes-to-war-01The Cinema Goes To War (Dir. various  1914-18) Screening format – DCP, 90 mins) A collection of rare films showing how camera operators documented the conflict.  This selection of films from the BFI and the Imperial War Museum shows how camera operators documented the conflict and how the newly established cinema industry contributed to the war effort. This emerging medium of entertainment became an essential tool of mass communication in the First World War, despite all the obstacles of shortage of film, basic equipment, virulent censorship and a severe tax on the cinemas. Introduced by Toby Haggith, senior curator, Imperial War Museum and Bryony Dixon, curator, BFI National Archive.  BFI Southbank, London   Link

25 August

man-with-a-movie-camera-LARGE-1280x480Man With A Movie Camera  (Dir. Dziga Vertov, 1929) (Screening format – DCP, 68mins)  Part documentary and part cinematic art, this film follows a city in the 1920s Soviet Union throughout the day, from morning to night. Directed by Dziga Vertov, with a variety of complex and innovative camera shots, the film depicts scenes of ordinary daily life in Russia. Vertov celebrates the modernity of the city, with its vast buildings, dense population and bustling industries. While there are no titles or narration, Vertov still naturally conveys the marvels of the modern city.  Find out more at  silentfilm.org  With live musical accompaniment by Deathcount In Silicon Valley.   Prince Charles Cinema, London   Link

29 August

Buster_keaton_one_week_posterBuster Keaton Short Films  (Dir. Buster Keaton) (Screening format – not known)  A selection of 4 Buster Keaton shorts: The Playhouse, One Week, The Blacksmith and The Balloonatic. These shorts are widely considered to be among Keaton’s finest works, full of breathtakingly creative stunts and guaranteed to make you laugh.  With live organ accompaniment.  Regent Street Cinema, London Link

Das-Cabinet-des-Dr-Caligari-posterThe Cabinet of Dr Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) (Screening format – DCP,  77 mins) In the village of Holstenwall, fairground hypnotist Dr Caligari (Werner Krauss) puts on show a somnambulist called Cesare (Conrad Veidt) who has been asleep for twenty three years.  At night, Cesare walks the streets murdering people on the doctor’s orders.  A student (Friedrich Feher) suspects Caligari after a friend is found dead and it transpires that the doctor is the director of a lunatic asylum.  Fueled by the pessimism and gloom of post-war Germany, the sets by Hermann Warm stand unequaled as a shining example of Expressionist design.  Find out more at Wikipedia.org   With live organ accompaniment.  Regent Street Cinema, London   Link

30 August

guns-of-loos-01The Guns of Loos (Dir. Sinclair Hill, 1928) (Screening format – Video, 93 mins)  Lloyd George said of Sinclair Hill’s Guns of Loos, ‘If I had had this film in 1916 it would have been worth a division to me.’ The battle at Loos provides the backdrop to an intense psychological drama about a munitions Guns of Loos (1928)factory owner, whose dictatorial manner and apparent nerves of steel quickly unravel when faced with the horrors of war. The film features one of the best action sequences in British silent cinema.  Also featuring Madeleine Carroll in her first film role.  Find out more at ithankyouarthur.blogspot.co.uk     With a specially commissioned score played live by Stephen Horne.  BFI Southbank, London   Link


 


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