Archived Live On-Line Events

Lock-down may be preventing us from getting out to see silent film events ‘in the flesh’.  But don’t forget that there are still opportunities to see films at live On-Line screenings.  Forthcoming events include;

Wednesday 8 July

The Kennington Bioscope present the sixth of their Live Stream Broadcasts on the KBTV  channel on You Tube at 7:30.  In an impressively high tech format they present silent films introduced by Michelle Facey (@best2vilmabanky) and accompanied live by pianists Cyrus Gabrysh, Colin Sell and John Sweeney.   This week they are screening four silent shorts on the subject of filmmaking and filmgoing from the EYE Filmmuseum, Une promenade dans Los Angeles (1912), a scenic look around LA; Arthème Opérateur (1913), a French short featuring projection booth shenanigans; Photoplay Magazine Screen Supplement (1919), the first episode of a series of reportages about movie stars and film studios. We’ll meet Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Miles Minter, John Emerson and Anita Loos, among others; and The Picture Idol (1912). Clara Kimball Young and Maurice Costello star in this Vitagraph light comedy about a girl in love with a movie star, who follows him everywhere.  And if that wasn’t enough, they are also screening their first Pathescope 9.5mm film online, a print of Four Square Steve (1926), one of the Universal Mustang westerns, with an early role for Fay Wray, from the collection of Christopher Bird. Check out our review here of a previous episode to get an idea of the format.  You can watch  here .  Or why not subscribe here for future event details delivered straight to your In-Box.    (NB  This event will  also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Monday 6 July

Retroformat Silent Films, live from Los Angeles, presents  Body And Soul (Dir.  Oscar Micheaux, US, 1925). Directed by the legendary African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, the film is a direct critique of the power of the cloth starring Paul Robeson, making his film debut at the age of 27.  One of a number of ‘race’ films produced for America’s segregated southern audiences, Body and Soul features an all-black cast, led by Robeson in a twin role as both a scheming convict posing as a reverend, attempting to swindle his congregation of their offerings, and his long-lost twin brother. The themes of morality and civility that run through the film are typical tropes of the race film, but Micheaux’s film has a potent force enhanced by Robeson’s undoubted star charisma.    The film comes with live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick   Additionally, veteran studio executive, independent producer, manager and educator Kevin Jones will discuss Oscar Micheaux’s landmark film.  Watch here on their You Tube channel (broadcast time 7.30 pm US West Coast Time).     (NB  This event will  also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Sunday 5 July

Episode 16 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format will be three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment. This week’s films are:   SHINE ‘EM UP (1922) – starring Paul Parrott, with Eddie Baker, Jobyna Ralston;  A THRILLING ROMANCE (1926) – starring Wanda Wiley, with Earl McCarthy, Joe Bonner, Al Hallett; and, THE SCARECROW (1920) – starring Buster Keaton, with Joe Roberts, Sybil Seely, Luke, Joe Keaton, Eddie Cline. The event streams at 20:00 UK time on You Tube. Further details here.       (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Saturday 4 July

We may all have missed out on this year’s Hippodrome Silent Film Festival but the good folk at HippFest are doing their best to make up for this with their first live on-line event.  They will be screening the classic 1920 version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde starring John Barrymore and with an early but memorable performance from Nita Naldi.  Providing the live piano accompaniment will be Neil Brand while the film will be introduced by @silentlondon‘s Pamela Hutchinson.  Find out more on Facebook here

Sunday 28 June

Episode 15 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format will be three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  No film details are yet available.   The event streams at 20:00 UK time on You Tube. Further details here.       (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Toronto’s Silent Revue present Robert Wiene’s visually astounding The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari, which celebrates its centenary this year! One of most highly recognized of German Expressionist film (and silent film in general), Calagari has inspired over a century of film-making and visual culture, including the films of Tim Burton, and even the Marvel Comics Universe. The film screens with a special German Expressionist surprise short. With live musical accompaniment from Marilyn Lerner.  Screening at 9pm Toronto time (1am 29th June UK time!!) This event is free (although donations are encouraged) and will be presented via a Vimeo link to those who register through the Eventbrite link here

Friday  26  June

The Netherlands Silent film Festival present their third silent film with live accompaniment event.  Pianist Daan van den Hurk  will once again accompany the silent comedy shorts live!  We are also promised a few other surprises, but you have to tune in to find out what they are.  The event kicks off at 7pm UK time.  Further details here.  (NB  And remember, this is a one-time event, you can only watch live, there is no option to catch it later.)

Thursday 25 June

CINEMATEK Belgium will be hosting another live event this afternoon featuring four complete films and one extract from the great French silent comedian Max Linder.  The films include Victime du quinquina (Max Takes a Tonic, 1911), Le rendez-vous (Max and the Rendezvous, 1913),  Amoureux de la teinturière (Of The Deepest Dye, 19212) and Max émule de Tartarin (Wanted: A Bearskin, 1912).  The extract comes from Linder’s last American film, The Three Must-Get-Theres (1922) his pastiche of Alexandre Dumas’ famous story which also starred regular Harold Lloyd leading lady Jobyna Ralston.  The event comes with live piano accompaniment and is scheduled for 14:00hrs UK time on Facebook here

 

Wednesday 24 June

The Kennington Bioscope present the fifth of their Live Stream Broadcasts on the KBTV  channel on You Tube at 7:30.  In an impressively high tech format they present silent films introduced by Michelle Facey (@best2vilmabanky) and accompanied live by pianists Cyrus Gabrysh, Costas Fotopoulos and John Sweeney.   This week the KenBio guys and gals have really upped their game as they will be featuring not just two shorts (Robinet’s White Suit (1911) with live accompaniment by Cyrus plus Il Pescara (1912) with pre-record accompaniment by Costas) but they are also hosting their first feature length film, Kidnapped (1917) with live piano accompaniment by John.   And as if that wasn’t enough, the film will be introduced by @MoviesSilently‘s Fritzi Kramer.  Check out our review here of a previous episode to get an idea of the format.  You can watch  here .  Or why not subscribe here for future event details delivered straight to your In-Box.    (NB  This event will  also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Monday 22 June

Bumping Into Broadway (Dir. Hal Roach, US, 1919) + High And Dizzy (Dir. Hal Roach, US, 1920) (23/26 mins) Two shorts starring Harold Lloyd.  In the first he is an impoverished, unpublished playwright struggling to pay the rent, particularly when he gives all his remaining cash to the  equally hard up actress (Bebe Daniels) he idolises so she can pay her own rent. In the second film,  Lloyd is a doctor fresh out of medical school who has opened his own practice but as yet with no patients.  His first customer is a young lady  (Mildred Davis, and soon to become Mrs Harold Lloyd) prone to sleepwalking and, this being a Harold Lloyd film, it can only end with doctor and patient on the ledge of a tall building.   Presented by Retroformat Silent Films, live from Los Angeles, the film not only comes with live musical accompaniment but also features a live discussion with Suzanne Lloyd, Harold’s grand-daughter, talking about his life and work.  Watch here on their You Tube channel (broadcast time TBC).     (NB  This event will  also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Sunday 21 June

Episode 14 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format will be three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  No film details are yet available.   The event streams at 20:00 UK time on You Tube. Further details here.       (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Thursday 18 June

Like most other festivals this year, Mostly Lost 2020 has fallen victim to Covid-19.  The festival brings together silent film enthusiasts in an effort to identify recently rediscovered films and film snippets.  However, as a small bonus during lock-down, the Library of Congress has joined with CINEMATEK Brussels to host a virtual screening of films that have played during past “Mostly Lost” events yet still remain unidentified. STILL MOSTLY LOST will be streamed on Thursday June 18, 2020 via Facebook with live musical accompaniment from Stephane Orlando. You too can help to identify those films… Streams at 19:00 in Europe, 18:00 in UK and 13:00 on US East Coast.  Follow the action  here  (NB   Not confirmed but suspect that this is a one-off event with no opportunity to catch up later.)

Steamboat Bill Jr   (Dir. Buster Keaton/Charles Reisner, US, 1928)  (71  mins) A crusty river boat captain hopes that his long departed son’s return will help him compete with an aggressive 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).     Featuring some of Buster’s finest and most dangerous stunts, it’s a health and safety nightmare maybe but it’s entertainment that will live forever.  The final storm sequence is still as breathtaking today as it was on first release. Not a commercial success at the time, this is now rightly regarded as a Keaton classic. Find out more at Wikipedia.   Presented by the Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY, with live piano accompaniment by Ben Model.  You need to register here to take part.

 

Sunday 14 June

Episode 13 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format will be three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  Films this week consist of In And Out (1921) – starring Monty Banks, with Juanita Hansen, William Blaisdell and Cliff Bowes; Grief (1921) – starring Jimmie Adams with Charles Reisner, Albert Austin, Frankie Lee, Dinky Dean Reisner and Max Asher; and the brilliant Mighty Like A Moose (1926) – starring Charley Chase, with Vivien Oakland, Anne Howe and Charles Clary.  The event streams at 20:00 UK time on You Tube. Further details here.  (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Wednesday 10 June

The Kennington Bioscope present the fourth of their Live Stream Broadcasts on the KBTV  channel on You Tube at 7;30.  In an impressively high tech format they present silent films introduced by Michelle Facey (@best2vilmabanky) and accompanied live by regular pianists Cyrus Gabrysh and John Sweeney plus tonight a debut from Costas Fotopoulos.  This week’s films, again supplied by Amsterdam’s Eye Museum, include: The Lie (1915) – a tale of jealousy and deceit in a small fishing community;  Cutey Plays Detective (1913) – a comedy in which a young man uses his amateur thespian experience to get the dirt on a love rival., and: The Girl Detective – The Mystery of the Tea Dansant. (1915) – a standalone installment of a series starring Ruth Roland as a “society girl” working as a special investigator with the police. Check out our review here of a previous episode to get an idea of the format.  The event kicks off at 7:30 UK time.  You can watch  here .  Or why not subscribe here for future event details delivered straight to your In-Box.    (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Sunday 7 June

Episode 12 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format will be three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  Tonight’s films include;  All Wet (1924) – starring Charley Chase, with Helen Gilmore, William Gillespie, Jack Gavin, Martin “Tonnage” Wolfkeil; Le Singe de Petronille (Pétronille and her Monkey, 1913) – starring Sarah Duhamel, and;  Matchmaking Mamma (1929) – starring Carole Lombard. The event streams at 20:00 UK time on You Tube. Further details here.  (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

 

Thursday 4 June

The Epic of Everest (Dir. J B L Noel, UK, 1924) (85mins)  The third attempt to climb Everest culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an on-going debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit.  Filming in brutally harsh conditions with a hand-cranked camera, Captain John Noel captured images of breathtaking beauty and considerable historic significance. The film is also among the earliest filmed records of life in Tibet. But what resonates so deeply is Noel’s ability to frame the vulnerability, isolation and courage of people persevering in one of the world’s harshest landscapes.  Find out more at silentlondon.co.uk  Presented as part of the We Are One: Global Film Festival.  Details here.  Screens at 10:00 UK time. (NB. Looks like this is a ‘one time’ event with no opportunity to catch up later)

Tuesday 2 June

Shiraz; A Romance Of India (Dir. Franz Osten, 1928) (97mins) Based on a play by Indian author Niranjan Pal, Shiraz tells the fictionalised love story of the 17th-century princess who inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal.  It was directed by Germany’s Franz Osten, one of at least 17 films he made in India between 1925 and 1939, best known of which are The Light of Asia (1925) and A Throw of Dice (1929).  Shot entirely on location in India with an all-Indian cast, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings – all the more impressive in this restoration by the BFI National Archive with specially commisioned score by Anoushka Shankar. The film was the brainchild of producer Himansu Rai, who also stars as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart (Enakshi Rama Rau) when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor (Charu Roy).  Find out more at silentfilm.org  Presented as part of the We Are One: Global Film Festival.  Details here .  Screens at 17:15 UK time.  (NB. Looks like this is a ‘one time’ event with no opportunity to catch up later)

 

Sunday 31 May

Organ virtuoso Donald McKenzie will be providing live accompaniment to a screening of Harold Lloyd classic Speedy (1928) on the mighty Willis Organ at London’s Alexandra Palace. Speedy was Lloyd’s final silent film and sees him reprise his ‘glasses character’ as a baseball-obsessed New Yorker who is determined to save the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar, motivated in no small part by its owner being the grandfather of his love interest. Filled with Lloyd’s trademark rapid-fire visual humour and elaborate set-ups, it’s a fine example of his innovative approach to comedy. Find out more at allmovie.com.  The film will be available on You Tube here at 7pm  (NB   Not clear if this is purely a live event or if you can catch up later.)

Sunday 31 May

Now up to Episode 11 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa. This week’s three comedies are; THE RIVALS (1923) – starring Slim Summerville & Bobby Dunn, with Esther Ralston;  JUST IMAGINATION (1916) – starring Harry Watson Jr., with Dan Crimmins, H.H. McCollum, Della Connor, Maxfield Moree, and; BUMPING INTO BROADWAY (1919) – starring Harold Lloyd, with Bebe Daniels, Snub Pollard, Helen Gilmore, Noah Young.  The films are introduced by Steve with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.   The event streams at 20:00 UK time on You Tube. Further details here.  (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Friday  29  May

The Netherlands Silent film Festival present their second silent film with live accompaniment event.  Pianist Daan van den Hurk  will once again accompany five silent comedy shorts live!  We are also promised a few other surprises, but you have to tune in to find out what they are.  The event kicks off at 7pm UK time.  Further details here.  (NB  And remember, this is a one-time event, you can only watch live, there is no option to catch it later.)