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Nosferatu (Dir. F W Murnau, 1922. Screening format -Blue 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 Byre Theater, St Andrews, Fife Link
Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lange, 1927. Screening format -DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2005, 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 IMDb Live musical accompaniment by Dmytro Morykit. Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow Link
Battle Of The Sexes (Dir. D W Griffith, 1928) Beneath the surface of a frothy, entertaining and well-paced comedy lurks a sophisticated social commentary musing on double standards – should a man who indulges in a bit of hanky-panky be judged any differently than a woman? Find out more at Wikipedia Presented as part of the Fife Jazz Festival with live musical accompaniment performed by Jane Gardner (piano), Laura MacDonald (saxophone) and Hazel Morrison (percussion). Adam Smith Theater, Kirkcaldy Link
Lucky Star (Dir. Frank Borzage, 1929) (Screening format – not known, 100mins) Mary (Janet Gaynor), a poor farm girl, meets Tim (Charles Farrell) just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his legs. Home again, Tim is visited by Mary, and they are powerfully attracted to each other; but his physical handicap prevents him from declaring his love for her. Deeper complications set in when Martin (Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams) , Tim’s former sergeant and a bully, takes a shine to Mary. Considered one of the great Hollywood romanticists, director Frank Borzage began his career in 1912 as an actor. He appeared in dozens of melodramas, comedies, and westerns before he began directing for Universal in 1916. Lucky Star was the tenth film Frank Borzage directed for the Fox Film Corporation. He is one of the few directors to have won an Academy Award for both a silent film, Seventh Heaven (1927), and a sound film, Bad Girl (1931). Find out more at silentfilm.org With live musical accompaniment by vocalist and composer Ela Orleans. Mackintosh Church, Queen’s Cross, Glasgow Link