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1-6 June (16 Screenings)

Pandora’s Box (Dir. G W Pabst, Ger, 1929) (Screening format – DCP, 135mins)  Based on two plays by the German author Frank Wedekind, Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895), which Pabst himself had directed for the stage, and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora’s Box, 1904), the silent drama follows the tumultuous life of the showgirl Lulu whose unselfconscious sexuality brings about the ruin of all those that fall for her and eventually her own.  In a daring move, Pabst chose a little known American actress over the more experienced Marlene Dietrich for the part of Lulu, a decision that made the young Louise Brooks an international star. Her innocent looks paired with her natural erotic allure and sense of movement – Brooks was also a dancer – perfectly matched Pabst’s idea of his heroine as unwitting seductress. Subjected to cuts to eliminate some of its “scandalous” content and unfavourably reviewed by critics at the time, it is now considered one of the boldest and most modern films of the Weimar era highlighting Pabst’s command of camera language and montage.  Find out more at silentlondon.co.uk .  With recorded soundtrack.  Filmhouse, Edinburgh Link

2 June

A selection of four silent experimental shorts featuring Emak Bakia (Dir. Man Ray, Fr, 1926), Ghosts Before Breakfast  (Dir. Hans Richter, Ger, 1927), Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel, Fr, 1929) Meshes of the Afternoon (Dir. Maya Deren and Alexander Hamid, USA, 1943). (Screening format – not known, 19/9/21/14 mins)  Emak-Bakia, subtitled as a cinépoéme, features many techniques Man Ray used in his still photography, including Rayographs, double exposure, soft focus and ambiguous features. Find out more at wikipedia.org Ghosts Before Breakfast  also known as Vormittagspuk, was a silent experimental avant-garde film  considered to be one of the first surrealistic films ever made. Richter’s interest in Dadaism is shown directly in this work as he challenges current art standards of the time by presenting a theme of obscurity and fantasy. Clocks, legs, ladders, hats, and people undergo total irrational happenings in unusual settings. Men have beards magically appear and disappear before the viewer’s eyes, hats fly around in the air, a man’s head comes off and floats in the air, tea cups fill up by themselves, objects and characters move in reverse, men disappear behind a street sign, etc… . Find out more at silentology.wordpress.comIn Un Chien Andalou fledging director Luis Bunuel and painter Salvador Dali created the ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to shock and provoke. During the course of the film, we witness a close-up of a woman’s eye being slashed open with a razor; a man dragging a piano, two bishops, and a pair of rotting asses across a room; ants swarming around a hole in a man’s palm; and sundry severed limbs and gratuitous slayings.  Find out more at rogerebert.com Meshes of the Afternoon is one of the most influential films in American experimental cinema. A non-narrative work, it has been identified as a key example of the “trance film,” in which a protagonist appears in a dreamlike state, and where the camera conveys his or her subjective focus.  A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.  Find out more at moma.org.  Presented as part of the Southside Film Festival.  With live musical accompaniment by celebrated musician Richard Youngs.  The Glad Cafe, Glasgow Link

8 – 12 June (10 Screenings)

Pandora’s Box (Dir. G W Pabst, Ger, 1929) (Screening format – DCP, 135mins) For film details see 1-6 June above. With recorded soundtrack. Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen Link

16 June

Pandora’s Box (Dir. G W Pabst, Ger, 1929) (Screening format – DCP, 135mins) For film details see 1-6 June above. With recorded soundtrack. Mareel Arts Centre, Lerwick, Shetland  Link

21 June

Pandora’s Box (Dir. G W Pabst, Ger, 1929) (Screening format – DCP, 135mins) For film details see 1-6 June above. With recorded soundtrack. Mareel Arts Centre, Lerwick, Shetland  Link

23 June

Pandora’s Box (Dir. G W Pabst, Ger, 1929) (Screening format – DCP, 135mins) For film details see 1-6 June above. With recorded soundtrack. Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’Ness, Scotland  Link

24 June

Pandora’s Box (Dir. G W Pabst, Ger, 1929) (Screening format – DCP, 135mins) For film details see 1-6 June above. With live musical accompaniment by Jane Gardner (piano) and Roddy Long (violin).  Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’Ness, Scotland  Link

 


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