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12 March

Keaton - Sherlock juniorSherlock Jnr (Dir.  Buster Keaton, 1924)   (Screening format – not known, 45 mins)  A film projectionist (Buster Keaton)  longs to be a detective, and puts his meager skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing the pocketwatch of his girlfriend (Kathryn McGuire) ‘s father.  Although not a popular success on its initial release, the film has come to be recognised as a Keaton classic.  Find out more at   Wikipedia   Presented as part of the Bristol Film Festival.  With live musical accompaniment by members of the Bristol Ensemble.  Bristol Cathedral, Bristol   Link

16 March

South West Silents present an evening focusing on the career of Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu (1903 – 1963) and, in particular, delving into his less celebrated work in the late twenties and early thirties. By this point, Ozu was working steadily for Shochiku studios, honing his craft on dozens of silent films in various genres, from romantic melodramas, college comedies, gangster pictures and of course, movies about families.  Introduction by Alex Clayton (Head of Film and Television at University of Bristol)  The Lansdown Pub, Bristol   Link

27 Marchmanxman

Manxman (Dir.   Alfred Hitchcock,1929) (Screening format – DCP, 84mins)  Despite their differing backgrounds, fisherman Pete (Carl Brisson) and lawyer Philip (Malcolm Keen) have been life long friends on the Isle of Man. Pete wants to marry Kate (Anny Ondra) , the landlord’s daughter at the local inn, however Kate’s father (Randle Ayrton)  doesn’t think he is good enough. Pete leaves the island to seek his fortune abroad and entrusts Kate to Philip, but they start to be attracted to each other.  This was the last silent film directed by Hitchcock. Find out more at silentfilm.org   With live world premier of a new musical score  by harpist Elizabeth Jane Baldry.   Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon, North Somerset  Link

29 March

L'argentfilmL’Argent (Dir. Marcel L’Herbier, 1928) (Screening format – not known)  Adapted from Émile Zola’s novel of the same name, Marcel L’Herbier’s L’Argent [Money] is an opulent classic of late-silent era cinema. Filmed in part on location at the Paris stock exchange, it reveals a world of intrigue, greed, decadence, and ultimately corruption and scandal when business dealings and amorous deceit combine. Business tycoons Saccard  (Pierre Alcover) and Gunderman (Alfred Abel) lock horns when the former attempts to raise capital for his faltering bank. To inflate the price of his stock, Saccard concocts a duplicitous publicity stunt involving the unwitting aviator Hamelin (Henry Victor) and a flight across the Atlantic to drill for oil, much to the dismay of his wife Line (Mary Glory) . While Hamelin is away, the lascivious Saccard attempts to seduce Line, whose own temptation by the allure of money puts herself and her husband in danger pawns in a high-stakes chess game played out by unscrupulous speculators. With an all-star cast (Brigitte Helm and Alfred Abel, fresh from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, alongside Pierre Alcover, Yvette Guilbert, and luminary of the French avant-garde Antonin Artaud) and a mammoth budget, L’Argent is comparable in period and scale with other celebrated epics of the silent era, such as Abel Gance’s Napoléon. With its use of portable cameras that literally descend into the Bourse and revolve around its lavish contours, L’Argent represents a type of cinematic Impressionism distinctive to the silent art a poetry that would change forever with the coming of sound. Find out more at silentfilm.org     The Arts House, Bristol   Link