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Films start  - 10.00am.

We aim to finish by 10.00pm.
Kennington Bioscope presents another full weekend of (mostly) silent comedies, once again in association with Kevin Brownlow. Key silent comedy names Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy and Charlie Chaplin are augmented by the considerable talents of Charley Chase, Beatrice Lillie, Monty Banks and many more. In addition to Kevin Brownlow, the various programmes will be introduced by noted authorities including David Robinson, Steve Massa and others. Our special guest Roy Hudd will be selecting and discussing classic comedy clips with historian Glenn Mitchell. All silent films will have live accompaniment by our highly acclaimed team of musicians.
SATURDAY

10TH MARCH

Provisional programme, subject to alteration:

10.00 The Night Club (1925)

A silent feature-length comedy starring Raymond Griffith, whose surviving films are few but which delight audiences at festivals around the world (as with his Paths to Paradise (1925) and Hands Up! (1926) at previous KB screenings). Contemporary critics made such comments as `Comedy along all lines from subtle wit, through burlesque to slapstick, and in every style he gets the laughs’ and `The picture is crammed with gags, most of them new’ … and with more than a nod towards Harold Lloyd’s Why Worry? (1923), shown at our comedy weekend last year. We defy anyone to see a connection between the title and the film! Introduced by Kevin Brownlow – who perhaps will explain!


11.30 The British are Coming!

Tony Fletcher introduces a selection of 1920s British comedies, including Adrian Brunel’s glorious spoof travelogue Crossing the Great Sagrada (1924), A.A. Milne’s Bookworms (1920) starring Leslie Howard, also Variety legend Leslie Sarony singing a comic song or two in a rare DeForest Phonofilm, one of the pioneering British-made talkies that predate Hitchcock’s Blackmail (1929).

13.00 LUNCH

14.00 Charley Chase


Matthew Ross highlights the career of Charley Chase, a brilliant, influential and – at least until relatively recent years – overlooked comedian and director of the 1920s and 1930s. A master of both the sight gag and situational humour, this selection of prime Chase comedies will conclude with one of his funniest silent shorts.


15.35 A Perfect Gentleman (1928)

Monty Banks is perhaps best remembered today for having married (and directed) Gracie Fields, something which has unjustly eclipsed his career as a star comedian in shorts and features (his 1927 film Flying Luck opened our comedy day last November). In this, one of his best starring roles, Banks gets involved in tracking down a stolen fortune, his adventures culminating in a whirlwind, gag-filled climax at sea.


17.15 Keaton Classics

Following our 100th anniversary celebration of Buster Keaton’s film career in last November’s comedy day, we are delighted to present a programme of classic Keaton material. Noted Keaton authors David Robinson, Kevin Brownlow and David Macleod reveal their favourites and researcher Polly Rose illustrates some of her new discoveries about Buster’s 1924 feature Sherlock Jr.
 

18.45 Dinner

20.00 Exit Smiling (1926)
 

Renowned stage comedienne Beatrice Lillie – a Canadian-born British star whose reputation spanned both continents – made regrettably few films. Fortunately one of these is the 1926 MGM feature Exit Smiling, produced and directed by one of Harold Lloyd’s key associates, Sam Taylor. `Bea’ Lillie – as she was often known – plays Violet, the dogsbody for a travelling theatrical troupe who harbours ambitions to act – or, as a title card informs us, has played `Nothing’ in Much Ado About Nothing! A true classic, introduced by Michelle Facey.

22.00 approx. Close

SUNDAY

11TH MARCH

10.00 Lame Brains and Lunatics

Our thanks to American author Steve Massa, who has selected some of the ‘good, the bad and the forgotten’ silent clowns from his book bearing the same title as this programme. Assisting his presentation from this side of the pond will be Dave Glass, to whom we also offer thanks. Can you afford to miss Al St.John, Toto, Marcel Perez or Paul Parrott? (Don’t answer that!)

11.35 Seven Years Bad Luck (1921)


After his early successes as a star of Pathé comedies in his native France, Max Linder made two forays into American film-making. Our recent Silent Laughter Saturday included examples from both visits, Max Wants a Divorce (1917) and Be My Wife (1921), the latter representing part of a series of features produced and directed personally by Linder. In Seven Years Bad Luck, perhaps the best of these, the fun starts when Max’s butler breaks a full-length mirror. Bad luck seemingly ensues as Max escapes the police, unwittingly hiding in a lion’s cage. In addition to Seven Years Bad Luck, the programme will include a recently discovered Max Linder short from 1910, Les Effects des Pilules. Introduced by David Robinson.


13.00 Lunch
 

14.00 Surprise Programme

A surprise programme of rarematerial hosted by award-winning editor and director Christopher Bird.

 

15.35 So You Won’t Talk (1935)

Continuing from yesterday’s screening of A Perfect Gentleman (1928), here’s a chance to see silent comedian Monty Banks in a rarely-shown British talkie – except he doesn’t talk (mostly!). In what may have been a means of translating his silent comedy methods into the talkie era, the plot sees Banks becoming weary of all the chatter surrounding him and, in order to win a bet, guaranteeing not to talk. Cue lots of silent comedy as complications ensue …

17.15 Noisy Silents

Some silent comedies have always looked as though they were intended to have soundtracks, even though none were provided at the time; these examples, including films starring Harry Langdon, Our Gang and Laurel and Hardy will be provided with the extra sound accompaniment we feel they need – in the final case, we hope, by the audience. Hosted by musician and composer Neil Brand.


18.45 Dinner


20.00 Roy Hudd

We are delighted to welcome comedian, actor and writer Roy Hudd, who will be in conversation with former News Huddlines writer – and Kennington Bioscope regular – Glenn Mitchell. As with their previous shows at the Cinema Museum, Roy and Glenn will be discussing and screening clips of great comedians from film, theatre and television. This time the emphasis is expected to be on essentially visual humour … but we’ll wait and see what they come up with!


21.45 Roy Hudd talk concludes with The Battle of the Century (1927), starring Laurel and Hardy.

22.00 approx. Close

The Museum’s café and bar will be open throughout the event serving sandwiches, hot pastries, cakes, snacks, alcoholic beverges and hot & cold drinks.

The Jamyang Cafe, adjacent to the Museum, will be offering a delicious meals during the festival. We encourage you to pre-book when you purchase your festival ticket so we can have your food ready to go, then you can spend less time in a queue and more time sitting down enjoying your meal and break.

Pre-booked dinner: £6.50

You can pre book your dinner when you buy your ticket for the event. You will be given a special voucher on the door when you check in for the festival that you can present at the Jamyang Cafe next door.

If you have already bought a ticket for the event and want to pre book a dinner then don’t worry.there is no ticketing fee for just buying a meal voucher.

 

How to find us

The Cinema Museum is located in Kennington, close to the Elephant and Castle.
Address: The Master’s House, 2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road), London SE11 4TH

Transport

Nearest tube/train stations: Kennington (Northern Line) and Elephant and Castle (Northern and Bakerloo lines, and BR) are both within easy walking distance.

Bus routes: Routes 109, 133, 155, 159, 196, 333 and 415 stop within 3 minutes’ walk; 1, 12, 35, 40, 45, 53, 63, 68, 100, 148, 168, 171, 172, 17, 188, 468, 453, C10, 363, 343, 344 and P5 all stop at the Elephant and Castle; additionally routes 3, 59 and 159 along Kennington Road are also under 10 minutes’ walk away.

Parking: Cycle parking provided. Limited parking is available at the Museum. The Museum is within the Congestion Charging zone, which operates until 6pm Mon-Fri. After 6.30pm and at weekends there is free parking in surrounding streets.

Access

Full disabled access is available.

Nearest tube:
Kennington
The Cinema Museum
2 Dugard Way (off Renfrew Road)
London SE11 4TH

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ADMISSION TO THE KB  IS ONLY £5 BUT PLEASE CAN YOU CONSIDER MAKING A SMALL DONATION TO THE CINEMA MUSEUM DURING YOUR VISIT AS THE EVENT IS ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH THE KIND GENEROSITY OF THE MUSEUM'S VOLUNTEERS.
 
THE MUSEUM IS AN EXPENSIVE VENUE TO KEEP OPEN AND RECEIVES NO ARTS COUNCIL FUNDING. THIS EVENT IS IN AID OF THE CINEMA MUSEUM  THANK YOU.
 
Ticket revenue information:
 
£4 goes directly to the Cinema Museum to help cover the costs of running the venue, and £1 goes towards to cost of acquiring prints and licenses.

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