An Evening With Kevin Browlow

This Sunday 24th April Kevin Brownlow will be in Woodbridge.

This is a treat for silent films fans, as you can’t dig far into the subject without hitting his name (he appeared in the credits to the Chaplin restoration we showed the other day). He is a historian, documentary maker, and preservationist whose contribution to the enduring legacy of silent cinema is like no other, and was awarded an Honourary Oscar for his work.

An Evening With Kevin Brownlow

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City Lights (U) – Sunday 10th April 3pm

citylightsposterSuffolk Silents Society is delighted to announce we will be screening Charlie Chaplin’s wonderful City Lights (1931) at 3pm Sunday 10th April in Ipswich Film Theatre Cinema 1.

This legendary film was written and directed by Chaplin and features the iconic little tramp falling in love with a blind flower seller, who mistakes him for a kind millionaire.

The sound era was well under way when production of City Lights started but Chaplin decided to use the soundtrack to his own purposes while still leaving the dialogue on intertitles, thereby utilising the best of the modern technology while still retaining the silent film sensibilities of his character and his physical comedy.

This rare opportunity to see on the big screen one of the Greatest Films Ever made (according to Sight & Sound) is available to all. Entry will be a £5 membership fee for Suffolk Silents Society payable on the door, which includes free entry for under 16s.

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Postponed – City Lights

In good news for Shakespeare fans but bad news for silent film fans Ipswich Film Theatre has decided to schedule an encore screening of the sold out performance of A Winter’s Tale with Judy Dench on Sunday 29th November.

The planned screening of City Lights has therefore been cancelled and will be rescheduled asap. As soon as there is a confirmed date it will be posted on this site.

Apologies to anyone planning to attend – I hope the new date will be convenient.

Postponed – Sunday 29th November Chaplin’s City Lights

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THIS SCREENING HAS BEEN POSTPONED.

 

Suffolk Silents Society is delighted to announce we will be screening Charlie Chaplin’s wonderful City Lights (1931) at 2pm on Sunday 29th November 2015 in Ipswich Film Theatre Cinema 1.

This legendary film was written and directed by Chaplin and features the iconic little tramp falling in love with a blind flower seller, who mistakes him for a kind millionaire.

The sound era was well under way when production of City Lights started but Chaplin decided to use the soundtrack to his own purposes while still leaving the dialogue on intertitles, thereby utilising the best of the modern technology while still retaining the silent film sensibilities of his character and his physical comedy.

This rare opportunity to see on the big screen one of the Greatest Films Ever made (according to Sight & Sound) is available to all. Entry will be a £5 membership fee for Suffolk Silents Society payable on the day.

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Hypocrites (1915) screening 25th October at Ipswich Film Theatre

I am delighted to say that after some fantastic coverage in the local news Ipswich Borough Council Licensing Committee decided to approve our application and gave Hypocrites a local rating of 12A.

This means that the screening on Sunday 25th October at 3:30pm in Screen 2 of Ipswich Film Theatre is going ahead as planned.

A £2 membership fee will be payable on the door.

October Screening

September had the Directed by Women Worldwide Viewing Party, this month has The Time Is Now a season of Women’s Rights & Fights in Film being coordinated to support the release of Suffragette.

Suffolk Silents Society will be supporting this season in its own inimitable way by a planned screening of Hypocrites (1915) the celebrated, controversial, and shocking feature by Lois Weber.

hypocritesThis screening is planned for Sunday 25th October 2015 3.30pm at Ipswich Film Theatre but, despite what Wikipedia might say, this film was rejected for rating by the British Board of Film Censors in 1917 and has never been approved for nationwide public screenings. We are therefore having to get a special permission from the Council and while its anticipated the screening will go ahead on Sunday 25th this is subject to approval by the Licensing Committee of Ipswich Borough Council.

The reason for this films controversial status is that it features full frontal female nudity throughout, which was more than shocking for a serious film from a major director at the time.

Hopefully the Council won’t be too outraged and will let this serious morality tale be screened – most likely for the first time in Suffolk.

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The screening will end with a comedy short about a futuristic, nightmarish world where women have taken on the jobs of men!

Directed by Women: Selected Shorts

Suffolk Silents Society presents

Directed by Women: Selected Shorts

3.30pm Sunday 6th September 2015

Ipswich Film Theatre Screen 2 – £2 cash on door,

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In association with the Directed by Women Worldwide Viewing Party and Scalarama 2015, Suffolk Silents Society will be showing a selection of short silent films. This will showcase the work of early female film pioneers such as Lotte Reiginer, Alice Guy, and Lois Weber.

When we think of the silent era key figures such as Charlie Chaplin, DW Griffiths, Fritz Lang tend to come to mind. There is however a hidden history of silent film.

Alice Guy attended the first public demonstration of their new invention by the Lumiere Brothers and saw the workers leaving the factory. She however also saw the power of the new Cinematograph to tell stories and went on to develop the first narratives on film.

Lotte Reiginer is commonly credited with the first feature length animation. Her wonderful The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is almost certainly the earliest surviving feature length animation and pre-dates Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by over a decade.

Lois Weber is famous as America’s first female film director but more importantly as a key innovator in the field and one of the era’s “three great minds” along with DW Griffith and Cecil B DeMille. The still shown is from her short Suspense where she uses split screen to show simultaneous action in three different locations.

These are just three of the women who took the reins and drove the early history of film in new and exciting directions. Suffolk Silents Society is delighted to be able to showcase a selection of work by them and others and invites you to join in the celebration.