Scotland

   7 October

The_Battle_of_the_Somme_film_image2Battle of the Somme (Dir.Geoffrey Malins, 1916)  (Screening format – not known, 77mins)  The Battle of the Somme gave its 1916 audience an unprecedented insight into the realities of trench warfare, controversially including the depiction of dead and wounded soldiers. It shows scenes of the build-up to the infantry offensive including the massive preliminary bombardment, coverage of the first day of the battle (the bloodiest single day in Britain’s military history) and depictions of the small gains and massive costs of the attack. The Battle of the Somme remains one of the most successful British films ever made. It is estimated over 20 million tickets were sold in Great Britain in the first two months of release, and the film was distributed world-wide to demonstrate to allies and neutrals Britain’s commitment to the First World War. It is the source of many of that conflict’s most iconic images. It was made by British official cinematographers Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell. Though it was not intended as a feature film, once the volume and quality of their footage had been seen in London, the British Topical Committee for War Films decided to compile a feature-length film.  Find out more at Wikipedia  Presented as part of the Somme100Film Centenary Tour.  With live orchestral accompaniment  by the Falkirk Tyrst Orchestra performing the specially commissioned and highly acclaimed Laura Rossi score.  Falkirk Town Hall   Link

8 October

Metropolis22Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lange, 1927) (Screening format –DVD Jan ’05 version,  118 minutes)  Made in Germany during the Weimar period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder (Gustav Frohlich), the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria (Brigitte Helm), a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. Filming took place in 1925 at a cost of approximately five million Reichmarks, making it the most expensive film ever released up to that point. It is regarded as a pioneering work of science fiction and is among the most influential films of all time.  Find out more at silentfilm.org   With live musical accompaniment by Dmytro Morykit.  Perth Concert Hall, Perth, Scotland  Link

Battle of the Somme (Dir.Geoffrey Malins, 1916)  (Screening format – not known, 77mins)    For film details see 7 October above.   Presented as part of the Somme100Film Centenary Tour.  With live orchestral accompaniment  by a   Youth Orchestra   performing the specially commissioned and highly acclaimed Laura Rossi score.  Cardinal Newman High School, North Lanarkshire, Scotland   Link

21 October

safetylast-1Safety Last (Dir . Fred C Newmeyer/Sam Taylor, 1923) and A Trip To The Moon (Dir. Georges Melies, 1902 )  (Screening format – not known, 73/16 mins)  In Safety Last, Harold Lloyd heads to the big city to make his fortune. Although only a sales clerk he tells his girlfriend (Mildred Davis) he is the store manager.  When she comes to visit, he needs to keep up the pretense, avoid the real store manager and escape the police by climbing up the outside of the building.  A classic Lloyd comedy with hair-raising climax.  Find out more at  IMDb  )   In A Trip To The Moon, 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. This fantastical film which famously shot a rocket into the eye of the man in the moon was made just seven years after the invention of cinema.  Find out more at  IMDb .    With live piano accompaniment by  Will Pickvance Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Link

         29 October

man who laughs poster 2The Man Who Laughs (Dir.  Paul Leni, 1928) (Screening format – not known, 110mins) Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt) is the son of an English nobleman.  As punishment for offending King James II, the monarch has  Gwynplaine’s father executed and Gwynplaine disfigured by having a permanent grin cut into his face.  The now homeless Gwynplaine  discovers an abandoned blind baby girl, Dea. The two children are eventually taken in by a traveling showman (Ceasar Gravina).  Years pass and Gwynplaine falls in love man who laughs photowith Dea (Mary Philbin), but refuses to marry her because of his hideous face.  Their travels bring them before the deceased King’s successor, Queen Anne, whose Jester, Barkilphedro (Brandon Hurst) , discovers records which reveal Gwynplaine’s lineage and his rightful inheritance.  Will Gwynplaine ever gain his rightful inheritence and will it cost him the love of Dea.  Adapted from the Victor Hugo novel, The Man Who Laughs was intended by Universal to build on earlier  successes with Gothic adaptions such as The Hunchback of Notre dame (1923) and Phantom of the Opera (1925).  Find out more at  silentfilm.org      With live musical accompaniment and sound effects.  Britannia Panopticon Music Hall,  Glasgow     Link