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11 February

Steamnboat_Bill_Jr_posterSteamboat Bill Jr (Dir. Charles Reisner/Buster Keaton, 1928)   (Screening format – DCP, 70mins) Neil Brand presents an evening of Buster Keaton through a range of clips, anecdotes and a classic main feature with live musical accompaniment. In Steamboat Bill Jnr, 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  Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon  Link

17 February

South West Silents presents an evening of  silent filmmakers and explorers who took on the North Pole. Featuring some incredibly rare footage and introduced by Dr Peter Walsh.  The Lansdown Pub, Bristol  Link

24 FebruaryThe_Phantom_of_the_Opera_(1925_film)

Phantom Of The Opera (Dir. Rupert Julian, 1925) (Screening format – Blu-Ray, 77mins) The mysterious phantom (Lon Chaney) is a vengeful composer living in the catacombs under the Paris Opera House, determined to promote the career of  the singer he loves (Mary Philbin).  Famed for the phantom’s shock unmasking, incredible set designs and the masked ball sequence, it still packs a punch. Find out more at Wikipedia.  Live musical accompaniment by Minima.  Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon  Link