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4 November

Silent film evening    Film titles to be confirmed. Live organ accompaniment by renowned organist Donald MacKenzie  The Caird Hall, Dundee, Scotland  Link

11 November

Battle 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.    Accompanied by a live performance from the Glasgow Studio Orchestra conducted by Iain Massey.  Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow  Link

12 November

Battle of the Somme (Dir.Geoffrey Malins, 1916)  (Screening format – not known, 77mins)   For film details see 11 Nov above.   Find out more at Wikipedia  Presented as part of the Somme100Film Centenary Tour.    Accompanied by a live performance from the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra conducted by Yati Durant.   Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh Link

13 November

napoleon 3napoleon-portraitNapoleon (Dir. Abel Gance, 1927) (Screening format – DCP332 mins) Gance’s epic biopic of Napoleon traces his career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign), his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797.  The film ends here because it was intended to be part one of six, but Gance was unable to raise the money to make further episodes. The film’s legendary reputation is due to the astonishing range of techniques that Gance uses to tell his story ( including fast cutting, extensive close-ups, hand-held camera shots, location shooting, point of view shots, multiple camera set-ups, multiple exposure, superimposition and under water shots) culminating in the final twenty-minute triptych sequence, which alternates widescreen panoramas with complex multiple- image montages.  This is the most complete version of the film available, compiled by Academy Award-winning film-maker, archivist and historian Kevin Brownlow who napoleon-panoramaspent over 50 years tracking down surviving prints from archives around the world since he first saw a 9.5mm version as a schoolboy in 1954.  Find out more at  BFI and  Wikipedia With recorded Carl Davies orchestral accompaniment.  Picturehouse Cinema Edinburgh Link

napoleon-panoramaNapoleon (Dir. Abel Gance, 1927) (Screening format – DCP332 mins) For film details, see above.  Presented as part of the Inverness Film Festival .  With recorded Carl Davies orchestral accompaniment.   Eden Court, Inverness Link

nosferatuNosferatu  (Dir. F W Murnau, 1922)  (Screening format  – Blu-Ray 2013 Restoration  95 mins)  Unauthorised adaption of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Max Schreck plays the sinister vampire, Count Orlok, traveling across Europe leaving a trail of death in his wake.  Brilliantly eerie, with imaginative touches which later adaptions never achieved.  Find out more at Wikipedia.   Live musical accompaniment by Dmytro Morykit  Fingask Castle, Perthshire  No link yet

Battle of the Somme (Dir.Geoffrey Malins, 1916)  (Screening format – not known, 77mins)   For film details see 4 Nov above.   Find out more at Wikipedia  Presented as part of the Somme100Film Centenary Tour.    Accompanied by a live performance from the Glasgow Studio Orchestra.  Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow    Link

17 November

Battle of the Somme (Dir.Geoffrey Malins, 1916)  (Screening format – not known, 77mins)  For film details see 11 Nov above.   Find out more at Wikipedia  Presented as part of the Somme100Film Centenary Tour.    Accompanied by a live performance from  North Lanarkshire Youth Orchestra.  Belshill Academy, North Lanarkshire, Scotland   Link

18 November

Battle of the Somme (Dir.Geoffrey Malins, 1916)  (Screening format – not known, 77mins)   For film details see 4 Nov above.   Find out more at Wikipedia With recorded Laura Rossi score.   Filmhouse, Edinburgh.   Link

20 November

napoleon1Napoleon (Dir. Abel Gance, 1927) (Screening format – DCP332 mins) Gance’s epic biopic of Napoleon traces his career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign), his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797.  The film ends here because it was intended to be part one of six, but Gance was unable to raise the money to make further episodes. The film’s legendary reputation is due to the astonishing range of techniques that Gance uses to tell his story ( including fast cutting, extensive close-ups, hand-held camera shots, location shooting, point of view shots, multiple camera set-ups, multiple exposure, superimposition and under water shots) culminating in the final twenty-minute triptych sequence, which alternates widescreen panoramas with complex multiple- image montages.  This is the most complete version of the film available, compiled by Academy Award-winning film-maker, archivist and historian Kevin Brownlow who napoleon-panoramaspent over 50 years tracking down surviving prints from archives around the world since he first saw a 9.5mm version as a schoolboy in 1954.  Find out more at  BFI and  Wikipedia With recorded Carl Davies orchestral accompaniment.   Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland Link

26 November

annie-laurie-1927_01Annie Laurie (Dir. John S Robertson, 1927) (Screening format – not known, 90mins) A romantic melodrama of feuding in the Scottish highlands between the MacDonald and Campbell clans. Annie Laurie (Lillian Gish) , the annie-laurie-gishgovernor’s daughter, falls in love with Ian MacDonald (Norman Kerry)  and risks her life to prevent a treacherous massacre. This was Gish’s third film at MGM and its poor boxoffice returns marked the beginning of a decline in her career.  The film is also interesting for an early, uncredited appearance by John Wayne.  Find out more at silent-hall-of-fame.org .This screening will be accompanied with a live score by fiddle player Shona Mooney and her band, originally commissioned by Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema.  Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow   Link

29 November

silent_wondersWunder der Schöpfung (akaWonder of Creation) (Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum, 1925)  (Screening format – not known, 92mins)  This ground-breaking silent documentary is an extraordinary and unique document outlining human knowledge about the world and the universe in the 1920s. Fifteen special effects experts and nine cameramen were involved in the production of this beautifully tinted and toned film which combines documentary scenes, historical documents, fiction elements, animation scenes and educational impact.  Hailed as ‘the nearest we have to a silent forerunner of 2001: A Space Odyssey’ (Bryony Dixon, BFI)  Find out more at  filmmuseum.com  With live performance by acclaimed electronic/acoustic/jazz duo Herschel 36  (Stu Brown and Paul Harrison) of a HippFest commissioned score.  Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow   Link

 

 

 


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