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January 2016

1 January

Steamboat Bill Jnr.    (Dir. Buster Keaton, 1928)  A crusty river boat captain hopes that his long departed son’s return will help him compete with a business rival.  Unfortunately, William Canfield Jnr (Buster Keaton) is an effete college boy.  Worse still, he has fallen for the business rival’s daughter (Marion Byron).  Not a commercial success at the time, this is now rightly regarded as a Keaton classic.    Find out more at Wikipedia      Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds  Link

sonofthesheik28 January

Son  of the Sheik  (Dir.  George Fitzmaurice, 1926) Made five years after Valentino scored a huge success in The Sheik,  The Son of the Sheik has Valentino appearing as both the father and his son, the passionate desert leader who falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl who fronts her father’s gang of cut-throats. Among them is Ghobah, a villainous Moor to whom Yasmin is promised. In ruins near Touggourt, the city where Yasmin dances, she and Ahmed meet secretly until one night when her father and the gang capture the son of the sheik, torture him, and hold him for ransom. Will Ahmed believe that Yasmin set him up for capture? Even if true love finds a way through webs of deceit, what will the vigorous and imposing sheik say about his son consorting with a dancing girl?  Find out more at Wikipedia   With live musical accompaniment by Neil Brand and an introduction by Dr Andrew Moor (Manchester Metropolitan University) Home Cinema, Manchester   Link