To open Bristol Silents’ 10 Year anniversary celebrations, Arnolfini presents three special live events with special guests, outstanding films and exemplary musical accompaniments. www.bristolsilents.org.uk
Fri 11 Jun 8.00pm
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (U) with live solo harp score
The seductive city, represented by a murderous vamp, nearly destroys the idyll of two rural innocents. Murnau’s first Hollywood film pairs breathtaking studio artifice with the naturalism of an unbearably touching and luminous Janet Gaynor. Working with the best on the studio lot, Murnau offered up a masterpiece of visual, thematic and moral contrasts.
Accompanied by the world’s only silent movie harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.
Dir. FW Murnau, USA, 1927, 1h 34m
Sun 13 Jun 3.00pm
The Eagle (PG) Introduced by film historian and director Kevin Brownlow
With this delightful romantic drama set in 18th Century Russia, Rudolph Valentino established himself as a highly versatile and charismatic actor, playing opposite Vilma Banky. Aside from the subtle humour of the plot, there are the technical achievements of the production, including spectacular tracking shots and sumptuous sets. The event features a beautiful print, and live improvised piano from one of the world’s foremost exponents of silent cinema accompaniment Stephen Horne.
Dir. Clarence Brown, USA, 1925, 1h 15m