Archive for Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film

The Sunday Intertitle: The Mute Todd

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2018 by dcairns

Delighted to be writing screening notes for this year’s Hippodrome Festival of Silent Film — this time, I’m covering a horror double feature of Lon Chaney in Wallace Worsley’s crime-shocker THE PENALTY and Thelma Todd in Benjamin Christensen’s surreal nightmare comedy SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN, at last visible in a pristine restoration. It’s revealed as a very beautiful piece of work, raising the cinema of sensation to gloriously absurd heights. (The version I’ve quote from here is much sharper than the YouTube source, but it’s not the new cleaned-up print.)

I’m guilty of something of a misstatement in the video essay for Dreyer’s MICHAEL I just completed. I say that Benjamin Christensen’s Hollywood films lack the weirdness of HAXAN. Not true in this case!

I’ll republish my notes here after the show if that’s OK with the Hippodrome.

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Call of the Yukon

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2017 by dcairns

I’m off to Bo’ness again, which can mean only one thing —

The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema is once more upon us, and I’ll be checking out Nell Shipman & Bert van Tuyle’s THE GRUB STAKE, with a new score by my chum Jane Gardner (who scored THE NORTHLEACH HORROR for me).

I’ve never seen a Shipman film, but we have all come to trust the Hippodrome, so I’m quite sure it’s going to be excellent. I’ve also come to trust that Bo’ness won’t have any cafes with wi-fi, so you can expect to hear from me in about twelve hours.

Here’s mud in your eye

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on April 5, 2016 by dcairns

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My programme notes from the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema’s screening of EARTH are now up at The Chiseler, and can be read by clicking on this word: THINGY.