Midlands

 

13 August

General.WEBThe General (Dir. Clyde Bruckman/Buster Keaton, 1926) (Screening format – not known, 78 mins) Johnnie (Buster Keaton) loves both his train (“The General”) and, almost as much,  his fiancee Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack) . When the Civil War begins he is turned down for service because he’s more valuable as an engineer. Annabelle thinks it’s because he’s a coward. Union spies capture The General with Annabelle on board. Johnnie must rescue both his loves. At the time of its initial release, The General wasn’t well received by critics and audiences alike but the film has gradually been reevaluated, and is now considered one of the greatest films of all times. Find out more at silentfilm.org  Presented as part of the Black Country pop-up film tour.  With live piano accompaniment by Paul Shallcross.  West Bromwich Town Hall, West Bromwich  Link

17 August

 sunrise-1Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans (Dir. F W Murnau, 1927) (Screening format – 35mm, 91 mins) A woman vacationing from the City (Margaret Livingston) lingers in a lakeside town. After dark, she goes to a farmhouse where the Man (George O’Brien) and the Wife (Janet Gaynor) live. She whistles from the fence outside. The Man is torn, but finally departs, leaving his wife with the memories of better times when they were deeply in love. The man and woman kiss passionately. She wants him to sell his farm and join her in the city. Then she suggests that he solve the problem of his wife by drowning her…. Considered by some to be the greatest film of the silent era, Sunrise is at very least a combination of artistic triumph and artistic enigma. Perhaps the finest example of the melding of German visual design with American studio production techniques, Sunrise is an oddly disconnected story that still manages to reach its audience with its tremendous emotional undercurrent. At times surreal and dreamlike in its imagery, Sunrise is both thought provoking and lyrical in its portrayal of the human condition and plays with both the light and dark shades of love and life. Find out more at Wikipedia  With recorded orchestral soundtrack.  Phoenix Cinema, Leicester   Link

18 August

sunrise-1Sunrise: A Song Of Two Humans (Dir. F W Murnau, 1927) (Screening format – 35mm, 91 mins) A woman vacationing from the City (Margaret Livingston) lingers in a lakeside town. After dark, she goes to a farmhouse where the Man (George O’Brien) and the Wife (Janet Gaynor) live. She whistles from the fence outside. The Man is torn, but finally departs, leaving his wife with the memories of better times when they were deeply in love. The man and woman kiss passionately. She wants him to sell his farm and join her in the city. Then she suggests that he solve the problem of his wife by drowning her…. Considered by some to be the greatest film of the silent era, Sunrise is at very least a combination of artistic triumph and artistic enigma. Perhaps the finest example of the melding of German visual design with American studio production techniques, Sunrise is an oddly disconnected story that still manages to reach its audience with its tremendous emotional undercurrent. At times surreal and dreamlike in its imagery, Sunrise is both thought provoking and lyrical in its portrayal of the human condition and plays with both the light and dark shades of love and life. Find out more at Wikipedia  With recorded orchestral soundtrack.  Phoenix Cinema, Leicester   Link


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