Metropolis (Dir. Fritz Lang, 1927) (Screening format –not known , 149 mins ) 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. Following its world premiere in 1927, half an hour was cut from Fritz Lang’s masterpiece and lost to the world. Eighty years later a spectacular discovery was made when the footage was found in a small, dusty museum in Buenos Aires. The film was then painstakingly reconstructed and digitally restored so that at last audiences could see the iconic futuristic fairy tale as Lang had envisioned it. Find out more at silentfilm.org . With live live DJ set/soundtrack accompaniment by Vangelis Makriyannakis. Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’Ness Scotland Link
One A.M. (Dir. Charles Chaplin, US, 1916) + I Do (Dir. Hal Roach, US, 1921) + The High Sign (Dir. Edward F Cline/Buster Keaton, US, 1921) (Screening format – not known, 34/26/21 mins) In One A.M., Charlie Chaplin is the drunken homeowner having a difficult time getting in to his own home after arriving back late at night. I Do sees a young married couple (Harold Lloyd and Mildred Davis) finding out just how difficult it is to look after a friend’s kids for the day. Find out more at wikipedia.org . In The High Sign, Buster Keaton plays a drifter who gets a job in a amusement park shooting gallery. Believing Buster is an expert marksman, both the murderous gang the Blinking Buzzards and the man they want to kill end up hiring him. The film ends with a wild chase through a house filled with secret passages. Find out more at sensesofcinema.com . With live musical accompaniment by the theatre’s in-house light orchestra, Gladstone’s bag! Britannia Panoptican Music Hall, Glasgow Link
By the Law (Po Zakonu) (Dir . Lev Kuleshov, 1926) (Screening format – not known, 80mins ) Legendary director Lev Kuleshov adapted a short story by Jack London, fashioning a tense, existential study of moral pressure…in effect a pared-back Soviet Western. Three gold prospectors are holed up in a cabin – one driven to murder by greed, the other two wrestling with whether to wait for the snow and ice to thaw and go for the authorities or to take the Law into their own hands. The stage is set for a claustrophobic drama of raw power, combining naturalism and the grotesque, realism and melodrama… Find out more at silentsaregolden.com . With live musical accompaniment by multi-award-winning, post-rock, Scottish composer and song-writer R.M. Hubbert (aka Hubby) performing his brand new guitar score, commissioned by the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival. Eden Court, Inverness Link
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