Chaplin: The Circus (1928)

Chaplin: The Circus (1928)

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With David Robinson

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022
Time: 5.20pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£5.00

Dir: Charles Chaplin US 81mins U

Charlie Chaplin once again dons his iconic ‘Tramp’ character in his film ‘The Circus’.

Released in 1928, Chaplin was already a household name and one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, and his newest film would continue to cement his legacy.

The iconic tightrope scene permanently etched Chaplin into the minds of everyone who saw it.

Nothing can make you forget seeing Chaplin’s tramp walk a tightrope with such grace, all with a group of monkeys on his back.

With a pre-recorded introduction from film historian David Robinson

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My Grandmother (1929)

My Grandmother (1929)

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022
Time: 3:30pm
Venue: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£6.00

Dir: Kote Mikaberidze Soviet Union 80mins

My Grandmother’ is an avant-garde gem of early Soviet Union filmmaking, banned for almost 50 years for some not so subtle political criticism.

This experimental film is an incredibly sophisticated piece of silent cinema. Following his sacking, our protagonist, a lazy pen-pusher, must seek out a benefactor, a “grandmother” in the slang of the day, and make them write a letter of recommendation for him to return to his job.

Director Kote Mikaberidze has created an incredibly euphoric film, blending together animated sequences, modern editing techniques, bold satire and absurdist set designs.

With a recorded introduction from actor and early Russian cinema enthusiast Paul McGann, My Grandmother will also feature live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

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Max Linder: Be My Wife (1921)

Max Linder: Be My Wife (1921)

With Serge Bromberg

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022
Time: 1:20pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £8.50/£6.00

Dir: Max Linder US 55min

Max Linder writes, directs and stars in the second of his three American films (Be My Wife). He plays the role of ‘The Fiancé’ and is determined to woo his girlfriend Mary and make her his wife, but in typical Hollywood romance fashion, the soon-to-be aunt-in-law Agatha does not approve of Max and tries to set up Mary with another man.

This love triangle comedy makes incredible use of visual and physical gags and perfectly showcases the French comic’s elegant yet chaotic performance.

With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney along with an online introduction from silent film champion and Lobster Films co-founder Serge Bromberg.

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Silent Ozu: Days Of Youth (1929)

Silent Ozu: Days Of Youth (1929)

With David Robinson

Date: Wednesday 26th January 2022
Time: 10:30am
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £6.50/£4.00

Dir: Yasujirô Ozu JP 103mins U

The oldest known surviving film by legendary Japanese director Yasujirô Ozu, with an introduction by film historian David Robinson. Ozu’s debut feature film ‘Days of Youth’ is a carefree and joyful romantic comedy that follows the extravagant efforts of two men unknowingly competing for the same girl.

Made in the director’s student days, it is his most lighthearted film and although it’s very different to his later work, a keen eye could certainly spot how this film helped shape the incredible career he had ahead of him.

With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

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Ben Model & Steve Massa Live from New York

Ben Model & Steve Massa Live from New York*

Edward Everett Horton – Silent Comedian?

Date: Tuesday 25th January 2022
Time: 5.30pm
Venue Website: Watershed
Map: Watershed
Price: £6.50/£4.00

Ben Model and Steve Massa join us live from New York as they live-stream their latest discoveries in silent comedy from their homes into Watershed in this Pre-Festival special event.

Edward Everett Horton is remembered today for his fussy on-screen character in Hollywood sound films such as Top Hat (1935).

While never thought of as a silent slapstick comedian, he actually was!

He had a substantial career in 1920s silent comedies, culminating in eight starring two-reelers – produced by no less than Harold Lloyd.

Undercrank Production’s new DVD Edward Everett Horton: 8 Silent Comedies presents the whole series.

This programme, curated and hosted by Ben Model and silent comedy historian Steve Massa, presents three of Horton’s best – Find the King (1927), Scrambled Weddings (1928) and Dad’s Choice (1928).

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*Ben Model and Steve Massa have been entertaining silent comedy fans throughout 2020 and 2021 with their Sunday night Silent Comedy Watch Parties. The live-streamed events, showcasing rare and better-known silent comedy, have been creating a buzz and keeping people laughing across the globe at a time when it’s been most needed.