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6 December

lucky-starLucky Star (Dir. Frank Borzage, 1929) (Screening format – not known, 90mins) Lucky Star sees the great romantic screen pairing of Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell for a third time. The chemistry is palpable in this tale of a poverty-stricken girl (and budding crook) who is transformed through her friendship with a wheelchair-bound Great War veteran. One of the great late silents.  The film was produced in two versions- a silent version for the foreign market, and a partly talking version with sound effects and some dialogue for American release. Both versions were thought lost until the silent film was rediscovered overseas in the late 1980s and subsequently restored. The talking version of the film remains lost.  Find out more at  imdb.comThe Arts House, Bristol    Link

27 December

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.   Watershed Cinema, Bristol Link

28 December

napoleon-portraitNapoleon (Dir. Abel Gance, 1927) (Screening format – DCP332 mins) For details see Dec 27 above.   With recorded Carl Davies orchestral accompaniment.   Watershed Cinema, Bristol Link

29 December

Napoleon (Dir. Abel Gance, 1927) (Screening format – DCP332 mins) For details see Dec 27 above.   With recorded Carl Davies orchestral accompaniment.   Watershed Cinema, Bristol Link

30 December

napoleon-portraitNapoleon (Dir. Abel Gance, 1927) (Screening format – DCP332 mins) For details see Dec 27 above.   With recorded Carl Davies orchestral accompaniment.   Watershed Cinema, Bristol Link

Napoleon (Dir. Abel Gance, 1927) (Screening format – DCP332 mins) For details see Dec 27 above.   With recorded Carl Davies orchestral accompaniment.   The Little Picturehouse, Bath Link

 


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