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7 March

Make More Noise – Suffragettes In Silent Film.  (Dir.various, 2015) (Screening format – not known, 72mins)  Make More Noise! combines documentary footage of the suffragettes’ public activities with comedy films of the period, which joyously pushed the boundaries of what was considered acceptable behaviour. These gloriously anarchic pre-war comedies are full of bright sparks like the Tilly girls (starring Alma Taylor and Chrissie White) who gleefully disobey society’s strictures. Women are seen acting like men, dressing in men’s trousers and even leaving the men at home minding the babies. The films reveal how girls and women were already acting differently, had higher aspirations and expected more freedom than their grandmothers could have imagined, going against conventional wisdom that female emancipation was a result of war-time changes. With recorded musical accompaniment by Lillian Henley.  MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling   Link

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The Immigrant (Dir. Charles Chaplin, 1917.  Screening format – not known.  22 mins) On a  steamer crossing the Atlantic, the Tramp (Chaplin)  finds himself in assorted mischief while, among other things, playing cards, eating in a mess hall, and avoiding seasick passengers. He befriends another immigrant (Edna Purviance) who is traveling to America with her ailing mother.  Upon arrival in America, the Tramp and the woman part company. Later, hungry and broke, the tramp finds money on the street.   He enters a restaurant,  orders a meal and is reunited with the woman. But then he discovers the money is gone…  Find out more at IMDb  Presented as part of the Comrie Film Festival  Community Centre, Comrie, Perthshire  Link

16 March

Earth  (Dir. Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930) (Screening format – not known, 76mins)  Commissioned during Stalin’s reign as a propaganda piece about the new policy of collectivisation, Dovzhenko’s film proved controversial on its release – by which time the disastrous human cost of the policy had become clear.  But despite the film’s account of the necessity of moving from a reliance on man to machines, it is very much a lyrical hymn to nature and Ukrainian peasant culture.  Dovzhenko’s failure to adequately tow the party line cost him his job, yet today the film  stands as a visually stunning and heroic work.  Find out more at Wikipedia   Showing as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film with live musical accompaniment of a newly commissioned score by Jane Gardner and Hazel Morrison.  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland Link

17 March

mania-la-historia-de-una-empleada-de-una-fabrica-de-tabacoMania:  Die Geschichte einer Zigarettenarbeiterin (Dir. Eugen Illes, 1918) (Screening format – not known, 85mins) Long considered lost, in 2006 Polish Filmoteka Narodowa (National Film Archives) discovered and purchased a nitrate copy of Mania from a Czech collector which was then subjected to a painstaking reconstruction process.  Sub-titled “Story of a Cigarette Factory Worker” , Mania tells the tale of Mania Walkowska (Pola Negri), a vivacious and attractive young woman whose love affair with a fledgling composer (Arthur Schroder) arouses the jealousy of a rich and powerful patron (Werner Hollmann).  Negri lights up her every scene with a wide-eyed allure, adding more depth to our understanding of an actress who would go on to become a Hollywood legend but whose fame and talent would ultimately be eclipsed by her celebrated affairs with Chaplin and Valentino. Find out more at Barbican.org  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film with live ‘ethno-pop rock’ score performed by Polish group Czerwie.  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland  Link

 Early Chinese Cinema  To complement the screening of ‘Daybreak’ (1933)  [screening 19 March], Dr Xuelei Huang of the University of Edinburgh presents a fascinating introduction to the film industry, important films and film stars of Chinese cinema from the 1920s and 1930s. Take a tour of a bygone world with a specially selected programme of rare footage and film clips from some of the films most popular with Chinese audiences of the day. Dr Huang offers a captivating exploration of the social and cultural world of early Chinese cinema and considers the extent to which this film world differs from Hollywood and other Western cinema cultures.   Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment by Forrester Pyke.  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland  Link

18 March

Your Curator Needs You…Reel Rations  Images of land girls, bombing raids, troop movements, government information films exhorting us to save paper or to learn how to make dumplings out of potato peelings, immediately make us think of the cinema of World War Two. But all these types of film were already being produced in the First World War.  Silent film curator Bryony Dixon introduces a personal selection of rare films from the British Film Institute National Archive, showing how the nascent cinema business threw itself heart and soul into the war effort, raising money, sharing information, commemorating the dead and providing much needed distraction. Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment by Mike NolanHippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland Link

Exit_SmilingExit Smiling (Dir. Sam Taylor, 1926) (Screening format – not known, 77mins) + short.  A riotous romantic backstage comedy starring one of the silent era’s great stars – Beatrice Lillie. Hailed by Noël Coward as “the funniest woman of our civilisation”, Lillie had a spectacularly successful international stage career, but only played the lead in this one silent feature. Lillie is Violet, the wardrobe mistress in a terrible touring theatrical company who yearns for her hour in the spotlight. When handsome young Jimmy (Jack Pickford) finds himself on the wrong side of the law and forced to leave town, Violet helps him join the troop until he can clear his name. On seeing the film Chaplin reputedly pronounced Lillie “a female Charlie Chaplin” but her gloriously expressive features and brilliant comic qualities are all her own.  Find out more at TCM.com  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment by Neil Brand.  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland   Link

19 March

My Wife’s Relations  (Dir. Buster Keaton, 1922)  +  A Pair of Tights  (Dir. Hal Yates, 1929)   (Screening format – not known, 30/25mins) The world premiere of a new restoration of Keaton’s ‘My Wife’s Relations’ featuring a new ending reinstated by Lobster Films. Buster is married by mistake to a fearsome Irish woman and must move in with her burly family. Followed by a little-known gem starring Anita Garvin and Marion Byron – a marvellous pair of comic actresses brought together by producer Hal Roach as the female answer to Laurel and Hardy. In ‘A Pair of Tights‘, two gals are invited on a cheap date by a stingy suitor and stop en route for ice-cream… but somehow each attempt to convey the cones to the car ends in slapstick disaster.  Find out more at  Wikipedia and IMDb  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment by Jane Gardner and Hazel Morrison  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland  Link

Variety_(1925_film)Variety  (Dir.  Ewald André Dupont, 1925) (Screening format – not known, 95mins) + short.   A tale of jealousy, passion and betrayal starring Emil Jannings (‘Der Letzte Mann’) as Boss, a middle-aged circus acrobat who abandons his wife and child for an affair with coquettish newcomer Bertha-Marie (Lya de Putti), only to have his new, illicit idyll shattered by the arrival of a debonair trapeze artist (Warwick Ward)  who proposes they form a trio. Presented in a new digital restoration by the Murnau Foundation in Germany this exhilarating drama, with its vertiginous camera work for the aerial sequences and the tawdry glamour of the circus ring, is a flamboyant roller-coaster.  Find out more at Wikipedia  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment German percussionist Frank Bockius with Stephen Horne on piano. Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland   Link

Li_LiliDaybreak  (Dir. Sun Yu, 1933) (Screening format – not known, 115mins)  An accomplished late silent starring Chinese screen goddess Li Lili, whose vivacious and sporty persona was somewhat at odds with her coexisting sex symbol image and her nickname ‘the Chinese Mae West’. Lili plays Ling Ling, a country girl seeking work in the city who is forced in to prostitution but learns to use her position to help the oppressed poor, ultimately joining the revolutionary cause. The film was made by the United China Film Company as part of their mission to resist the unwelcome dominance of American films with productions that matched their rivals’, both artistically and in terms of distribution models. The result is a nationalistic but stirring tale, featuring ravishingly beautiful flashbacks, assured storytelling and one of China’s most beautiful and fiery screen heroines.  Find out more at Wikipedia  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment by John Sweeney. Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland  Link

The Wrecker (Dir. Géza von Bolváry, 1929) (Screening format – not known, 68mins)  A rare chance to see the original British disaster movie featuring what has been claimed to be the most spectacular rail crash in cinema history (shot on 22 cameras). Based on the play by Arnold Ridley (Godfrey in ‘Dad’s Army’) the story reveals a dastardly plot to manufacture a series of train crashes in order to secure the fortunes of a rival bus company. Writing credits are shared with Angus MacPhail, who worked with Hitchcock and with Cavalcanti on ‘Dead of Night’. The dashing hero is played by Joseph Striker, but the real champion of the hour is feisty heroine Mary (Benita Hume) whose derring-do on the outside of a moving train saves the day!  Find out more at   Wikipedia  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment by Forrester Pyke.  Bo’ness Station, Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, Bo’ness Scotland   Link

Wunder der Schöpfung (Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum, 1925)  (Screening format – not known, 92mins)  This ground-breaking silent documentary is an extraordinary and unique document outlining human knowledge about the world and the universe in the 1920s,  literally translated as ‘Wonder of Creation’. Fifteen special effects experts and nine cameramen were involved in the production of this beautifully tinted and toned film which combines documentary scenes, historical documents, fiction elements, animation scenes and educational impact.  Find out more at  filmmuseum.com    Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live performance from acclaimed jazz duo Herschel 36 of a brand new electronica/acoustic soundscape score commissioned by Hippodrome Festival.  Screening  introduced by John C Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland. Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland   Link

20 March

Peter_Pan_1924_moviePeter Pan (Dir. Herbert Brenon, 1924) (Screening format – not known, 102mins) + short.    This first screen adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s classic was . officially sanctioned by Barrie himself and personally chose the 17-year-old unknown, Betty Bronson, in the role of Peter, over other hopefuls including Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford. Bronson is perfect as the puckish petulant Pan, whilst Edinburgh-born Ernest Torrence is suitably foppish and villainous as Captain Hook. Look out too for a young Anna May Wong in a cameo appearance as Tiger Lily! Cap it all with charming special effects and camerawork by Oscar winning cinematographer James Wong Howe to make it a magical film experience.  Find out more at Wikipedia  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment by renowned harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry . Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland   Link

L&H_Liberty_1929 From Soup to Nuts  (Dir. E Livingstone-Kennedy, 1928) +  We Faw Down (Dir. Leo McCarey,1928)  +  Liberty   (Dir. Leo McCarey, 1929)   (Screening format not known, 18/20 /20mins)   A  Laurel & Hardy triple bill with the inevitable cornucopia of hi-jinks and mayhem from the world’s best-loved comedy team. Beginning with ‘From Soup to Nuts’ in which the boys are way out of their league when drafted in as waiters for a fancy dinner party given by Anita Garvin’s society hostess. Next is ‘We Faw Down’ which finds the duo straining at the marital leash and trying to sneak off for a clandestine poker game. Finally ‘Liberty’  one of Stan and Ollie’s finest shorts, which finds them on the run from the law and atop an unfinished skyscraper.  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with live musical accompaniment by John Sweeney on piano and Frank Bockius on percussion.  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland  Link

StellaDallas.2_originalStella Dallas  (Dir.  Henry King, 1925 )   (Screening format – not known, 110mins)  The definitive tearjerker, unjustly eclipsed by the more famous Barbara Stanwyck version, starring Belle Bennett as a young woman who tries to better herself by marrying a rich man but ultimately sacrifices everything to ensure the happiness of her daughter. Frances Marion, one of the most renowned and respected screenwriters of the 20th century adapted this tale of ultimate mother-love from the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty (author of ‘Now Voyager’) and the resulting drama of broken families, class divisions and a women’s place in society are as universally captivating now as ever.  Find out more at  silentfilm.org  Presented as part of the Hippodrome’s Festival of Silent Film, with world premier of a new score composed and performed by Stephen Horne accompanied by harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness, Scotland  Link
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