Archive for Hippfest

The Sunday Intertitle: L’Herbier Rides Again

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2020 by dcairns


Magnificent intertitles from L’HOMME DY LARGE, the closing film at this year’s Hippfest.


I have my tickets to all of Sunday’s screenings, now I just have to calculate which of the Thursday, Friday and Saturday films I can afford. I’m extremely tempted by FILIBUS THE AIR PIRATE with music by my chum Jane Gardner, but there’s also THE WOMAN MEN YEARN FOR and CITY GIRL… And I’ve never seen THE LOVES OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, showing on Thursday with Fay Compton in the lead (before she owned Hill House), and on the same day, Asta Nielsen as HAMLET.

Since my writing work for the fest has bagged me tickets to POIL DE CAROTTE and THE MARK OF ZORRO, it makes sense to concentrate on Friday and Saturday, since actually getting to Bo’ness and back is part of the expense.


Oh, I just can’t decide!

(Anybody with a car going through on Thurs, Fri or Sat?)

Here Is The News

Posted in FILM with tags , on February 10, 2020 by dcairns


The Tenth Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, AKA Hippfest, will be held in March, and you can buy tickets now.

I’m contributing programme notes to: Julien Duvivier’s POIL DE CAROTTE, which gets live music by Stephen Horne; Fred Niblo’s THE MARK OF ZORRO, accompanied by Rapido Mariachi; and the closing gala, Marcel L’Herbier L’HOMME DU LARGE, which will be presented with not only Neil Brand & Frank Bockius providing live music, but actor Paul McGann reading the translation of the fabulous intertitles.

But there’s much more than that going on (Laurel & Hardy! Keaton! Dietrich!). If you’re a movie-type person in Scotland, you simply must go. If you’re further afield, do it if it’s possible for you. Tell ’em Shadowplay sent you.

“It was about something.”

Posted in FILM, MUSIC, Theatre with tags , , , , , on March 28, 2019 by dcairns

This fortnight’s Forgotten (returning to its usual Thursday slot) comes direct from the Bo’ness Hippodrome and is a spicy bit of northern realism enlivened by a sharp sense of dramatic construction, progressive attitudes and some striking cinematic moments. 

I COULD be talking about Dreyer’s THE PARSON’S WIDOW, I suppose, but I’m not ~


(Thanks to Nicky Smith, Pamela Hutchinson, Mark Fuller, Stephen C. Horne, Sarah-Jane Crawford and Bryony Dixon for sharing their thoughts on this one and bigging it up), to Ali Strauss and Hippfest for showing it, and to the other Stephen Horne for the fantastic music,)