Fri 20 Jan 2017

Raymond Griffith: The Silk Hat Comedian

Paths to Paradise (1925)

Watershed | 9.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00
dir. Clarence Badger | US | 60mins

Oscar-winning director, historian and silent film champion Kevin Brownlow introduces a rare Raymond Griffith feature, Paths to Paradise, from his personal collection and champions this unsung comic who, whilst mostly forgotten today, produced a series of funny, creative features in the 1920s and was deservedly considered a contemporary of the great silent clowns.

With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

With thanks to Kevin Brownlow.


Fri 20 Jan 2017

Carl Dreyer: Master of the House/ Du Skal Aere Din Hustru (1925)

Watershed | 11.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00
dir. Carl Dreyer | Denmark | 111mins

Don’t be intimidated by the great Danish master and creator of the legendary The Passion of Jean of Arc.  Here, in contrast to that monumental masterwork, he gives us a richly human and engaging story about a frustrated businessman who becomes a tyrannical husband – until he is shaken up and permanently reformed by his wily old former nanny. 

Introduced by BAFTA award winning film editor, Don Fairservice

With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.

With thanks to the BFI


Fri 20 Jan 2017

Max Linder: Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)

Arnolfini | 3.30pm | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00
dir. Max Linder | US | 62mins

After breaking a mirror in his home, superstitious Max tries to avoid situations that could bring bad luck, but in doing so causes himself the worst luck imaginable – to hilarious effect!

This rare and relatively late Max Linder film features the much imitated broken mirror sketch, later mimicked by the Marx Brothers, Spike Milligan and even Aardman’s Morph.


Amour Et Fromage (1910)
dir. Max Linder | US | 6mins

This newly discovered and restored early Linder silent comedy short from Lobster Films is a delightful story of love and cheese.

With live piano accompaniment by Daan van den Hurk.

Thanks to Lobster Films.


Fri 20 Jan 2017

When Keaton Met Beckett

with Robin Ince and special guests

Arnolfini | 5.40pm | Tickets: £9.00/£6.50
dir. Alan Schneider | US | 20mins

In 1964 author Samuel Beckett set out on one of the strangest ventures in cinematic history – an embattled collaboration with silent era genius Buster Keaton on the production of a short, titleless avant-garde film. Beckett was nearing the peak of his fame, which would culminate in him receiving a Nobel Prize five years later. Keaton, in his waning years, never lived to see Beckett’s canonisation. In essence a chase film – one of the craziest ever committed to celluloid – the film they made, along with director Alan Schneider, renegade publisher Barney Rosset and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Boris Kaufman, has been the subject of praise, condemnation, and controversy for decades.

Robin Ince presents a newly restored version of FILM and, with special guests, will not only tell the story behind it but will also talk about why comedians are so fascinated with Beckett.

Includes a full screening of FILM (1965). 

With thanks to the BFI.