Archive Of Events: 2011

Valentino Night (Bristol Silents Screening)

10 February 2011 The Picture House

As our Bristol Silents Club Screening in February 2011 is just before Valentine’s day, we couldn’t miss the chance to screen a classic silent film starring the ‘dark lover’ himself, Rudolph Valentino.

Based on the 1909 novel Sangre Y Arena by Spanish writer Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (who was also behind the epic that was The Four Horse Man of the Apocalypse), Blood & Sand is the story of the great love triangle between the infamous matador Juan Gallardoin (Valentino), his beautiful wife Carmen (Lila Lee) and the seductive widow Doña Sol (Nita Naldi). Sparks fly in and out of the the bull ring in this fiery romantic epic which see both women fight for the love of the great man which is Rudolph Valentino. (And who can blame her?!).

While Valentino battles with ladies and bulls all at the same time, he does get the chance to do a Tango as well! Something not to be missed!

Directed by Fred Niblo, Blood and Sand would be one of Valentino’s greatest hits at the box office, but would be over shadowed by the more infamous Sheik films. So this is very much a chance to see one of the more less well known Valentino vehicles.

The film will be introduced by Bristol Silents co-founder and film lecturer Dr Norman Taylor who will be celebrating the star that was Rudolph Valentino.

And if Valentino isn’t your cup of tea, then don’t worry, we have a special surprise for all you non Valentino followers after the main feature.

So get your Flamenco dresses on and your Sombreros, the Spanish Valentino is coming to town!!

As usual, this Bristol Silents Club Screening (like all past and future ones) are totally free to everyone.

F. W. Murnau Night

9 March 2011 The Picture House

March 2011 marks the 80th Anniversary of the passing of one of the most influential silent film directors who ever lived, Friedrich Wilhelm Muranu.

In celebration of the great directors work, the Bristol Silents Club Screening for March 2011 will screen one of F. W. Murnau’s more unique films, but with a twist.

This time around, the film which will be screened for the night will be voted by the members of the audience!!

There are two choices:
Die Finanzen des Großherzogs (1924 / The Grand Duke’s Finances) & Tartuffe (1926)

Votes will be cast from 7:45pm and the film will be screened later on in the night.

British Silent Film Night

13 April 2011 The Picture HouseThis year the festival returns to the Barbican Theatre, London with a packed programme of rare silent films which will explore how Filmmakers communicated sound to cinema audiences through music and visual clues.What was it like to be in the audience of the ‘silent movies’ and how the British industry geared up for the talkies.Accompanied by the world’s best silent film musicians the programme will feature special events, presentations by special guests and unique archive film from the BFI and other collections.

So, to celebrate the return of the British Silent Film Festival, the April 2011 Bristol Silents Club Screening is dedicated to a special night of a selection of British Silent Films. The night will include a main silent film feature and a selection of silent shorts. The films will be introduced by Bristol Silents’ very own British Silents Enthusiast Mark Fuller!!

Come and celebrate British Silent Film in all of it’s Glory!!!

End Of The Silent Era Night Club Screening

11 May 2011 The Picture House

It may be rather odd that for our 10th Bristol Silents Club Screening we are planning a night of early sound films, but, we had to do it at some point, so why not now.

Many Film History books state that the end of the Silent Era came in 1927, so it might not a major surprise on what we have planned for this Special Club Screening Night really. However, the night will include a selection of early sounds shorts and a main feature.

This Club Screening will be introduced by Bristol Silents co-founder and Slapstick Festival Director Chris Daniels.

As usual, screening notes will be provided and information on up and coming events and international silent film festivals.

Cecil B DeMille Night

8 June 2011 The Picture House

For the 11th Bristol Silents Club Screening we turn our attentions to the power house that is Cecil B. DeMille, and one of his less well known films, The Cheat (1915).

The silent melodrama The Cheat was a key film in the early career of Cecil B. DeMille, one that helped establish his reputation as a top-echelon director. According to DeMille biographer Anne Edwards, the film “set standards of acting, decor, frame composition and lighting which were not surpassed for years.”

Although D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, released the same year, has received more attention, The Cheat also had a profound influence on filmmaking, especially in its innovative camera techniques and “sexually charged content.”

The film will be introduced by Bristol Silents Honorary Member and BAFTA Award Winning Editor Don Fairservice.

As usual, screening notes will be provided and information on up and coming events and international silent film festivals will be avaliable.

“A masterpiece! A serious, bizarre and disturbing fable [that] suggests the favorite DeMille mixture of sex, sadism and sacrifice, washed down with lurid melodrama…as powerful as ever today.” – Kevin Brownlow, The Parade’s Gone By

“One of the great accomplishments of the American cinema.” – René Clair

The Lost World (1925) (Director: Harry Hoyt, B&W 1hr 33m)

25 June 2011 Arnolfini, 24th June Clevedon, 23rd June Dartington

Bristol Silents present John Garden’s new semi-improvised score for Lost World at Arnolfini, Bristol.
John is Scissor Sisters musical director and keyboard player and will be providing a live sound track to this innovative, stop-motion dinosaur film. Featuring pioneering animation techniques from Willis O’Brien, just prior to his work on King Kong, this silent classic is both a dramatic and enchanting re-telling of Conan Doyle’s literary classic.
This screening is introduced by Aardman Animation’s Director Peter Lord

Danish Silent Film Night Club Screening

13 July 2011 The Picture HouseIt’s not often that we get a chance to screen an early Danish Sci-Fi Silent Film at Bristol Silents (although we’re working on more later on this year).However, the regular Bristol Silents Club Screening for July gives many of us the first time to see such a rare treat. And what a treat it is…Not only does the film The End of the World (1916); carry great conviction, thanks to excellent acting and clever use of locations. The camera work is first class. Throughout, the film’s images are carefully and elegantly composed.

To create scenes of earth-shattering disaster that would carry conviction must have been the greatest challenge for the films technicians. Special effects technology was practically non-existent, and financial resources were not unlimited, but the scenes of the cataclysm are surprisingly effective.

As usual, this Club Screening (like all past and future screenings are free to everyone) will include our regular screening notes.

You don’t want to miss this one!!!

Conrad Veidt Silent Film Club Screening Night

10 August 2011 The Picture House

Probably best known for his infamous appearance as Major Heinrich Strasser in Casablanca (1942). Conrad Veidt (1893 – 1943) is one of the most recognisable actors in the history of cinema.

However, how many of his silent films have you seen? The Bristol Silents Club Screening for August 2011 celebrates the great Veidt with a night of his work. So come and join us and celebrate one of the key Silent Films stars of the silent era.

With an introduction by UWE Film Lecturer Dr Mark Bould.

Douglas Fairbanks Club Screening Night One

Date: 7 September 2011 The Picture House

We have planned a special double bill month, with two screenings celebrating the swashbuckling action of Douglas Fairbanks.

The First Screening will take place on Wednesday 7th September at Tiki (aka The Old Picture House, Whiteladies Road, Bristol). Doors open at 7:30pm and as usual, it’s free to all.

Both screenings will be introduced by Aardman Animations very own Film Archivist Tom Vincent.

So get your boots on and saddle up your horse for two fun nights of swashbuckling action with the great man himself, Douglas Fairbanks!!

Douglas Fairbanks Club Screening Night Two

21 September 2011 The King’s Arms

We have planned a special double bill month, with two screenings celebrating the swashbuckling action of Douglas Fairbanks.

The Second Screening of the month will take place on Wednesday 21st September at a new venue, The King’s Arms, Whiteladies Road, (just on the top of Blackboy Hill), Bristol. Doors open at 7:30pm, and once again it’s free to all.

Both screenings will be introduced by Aardman Animations very own Film Archivist Tom Vincent.

So get your boots on and saddle up your horse for two fun nights of swashbuckling action with the great man himself, Douglas Fairbanks!!

Haxan (Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922))

26 October 2011 The King’s Arms

A visually stunning history of the occult, Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages (1922) recreated actual incidents based on records of witch trials, demonic possessions, and torture by the Inquisition.

Writer-director Christensen plays Satan himself in this genuinely scary, no-holds-barred silent film. Häxan is one of the most impressive Swedish/Danish silent horror films ever made! You don’t want to miss this one!

The film will be introduced by BBC Bristol’s Film Critic Paul Cowgill.

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  1. #1 by James Harrison on December 5, 2011 - 6:50 am

    Don’t forget about the Slapstick 2012 Ale Launch 😀 ‘n

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