“It’s like writing history with lightning!” – President Woodrow Wilson, upon seeing his first film in 1915

Sydney (Oct 6, Nov 10 + 17 + 24 [2019])

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The Navigator  (1924)  October 6 Sunday at 2pm$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 59 minutesBuster Keaton, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with soundtrack. Laughter is the best medicine with Buster’s hilarious comedy. “Gag for gag this film is one of the funniest of all Keaton’s features. A box office success and also one of his most revered films.”“Buster Keaton’s most popular vehicle in his own day, and said to be Keaton’s favorite of his own films…….brilliant slapstick comedy, with a rousing third act and a slam-bang climax.”Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board……www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Navigator  (1924)  October 6 Sunday at 2pm$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 59 minutesBuster Keaton, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with soundtrack. Laughter is the best medicine with Buster’s hilarious comedy. “Gag for gag this film is one of the funniest of all Keaton’s features. A box office success and also one of his most revered films.”“Buster Keaton’s most popular vehicle in his own day, and said to be Keaton’s favorite of his own films…….brilliant slapstick comedy, with a rousing third act and a slam-bang climax.”Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board……www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Navigator  (1924)  October 6 Sunday at 2pm$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 59 minutesBuster Keaton, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with soundtrack. Laughter is the best medicine with Buster’s hilarious comedy. “Gag for gag this film is one of the funniest of all Keaton’s features. A box office success and also one of his most revered films.”“Buster Keaton’s most popular vehicle in his own day, and said to be Keaton’s favorite of his own films…….brilliant slapstick comedy, with a rousing third act and a slam-bang climax.”Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board……www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Navigator  (1924)  October 6 Sunday at 2pm$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 59 minutesBuster Keaton, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with soundtrack. Laughter is the best medicine with Buster’s hilarious comedy. “Gag for gag this film is one of the funniest of all Keaton’s features. A box office success and also one of his most revered films.”“Buster Keaton’s most popular vehicle in his own day, and said to be Keaton’s favorite of his own films…….brilliant slapstick comedy, with a rousing third act and a slam-bang climax.”Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board……www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Navigator  (1924)  October 6 Sunday at 2pm$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 59 minutesBuster Keaton, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with soundtrack. Laughter is the best medicine with Buster’s hilarious comedy. “Gag for gag this film is one of the funniest of all Keaton’s features. A box office success and also one of his most revered films.”“Buster Keaton’s most popular vehicle in his own day, and said to be Keaton’s favorite of his own films…….brilliant slapstick comedy, with a rousing third act and a slam-bang climax.”Rollo (Buster Keaton) decides to marry his sweetheart Betsy and sail to Honolulu. When she rejects him he decides to go alone but boards the wrong ship, the "Navigator" owned by Betsy's father. Unaware of this, Betsy boards the ship to look for her father whom spies capture before cutting the ship loose. It drifts out to sea with the two socialites each unaware of there being anyone else on board……www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Kid Brother (1927) September 15 Sunday at 2pm
$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 80 minutesHarold Lloyd, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with Gaylord Carter’s exquisite archival organ soundtrack. Carter was Harold Lloyd’s favourite organist. Laughter is the best medicine with Harold’s supreme silent classic combining comedy, romance and drama.“Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespec¬tacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a travelling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces—including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship—with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, The Kid Brother is a hilarious and heart-warming high-water mark of early screen comedy.” Criterionwww.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Kid Brother (1927) September 15 Sunday at 2pm
$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 80 minutesHarold Lloyd, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with Gaylord Carter’s exquisite archival organ soundtrack. Carter was Harold Lloyd’s favourite organist. Laughter is the best medicine with Harold’s supreme silent classic combining comedy, romance and drama.“Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespec¬tacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a travelling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces—including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship—with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, The Kid Brother is a hilarious and heart-warming high-water mark of early screen comedy.” Criterionwww.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Kid Brother (1927) September 15 Sunday at 2pm
$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 80 minutesHarold Lloyd, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with Gaylord Carter’s exquisite archival organ soundtrack. Carter was Harold Lloyd’s favourite organist. Laughter is the best medicine with Harold’s supreme silent classic combining comedy, romance and drama.“Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespec¬tacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a travelling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces—including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship—with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, The Kid Brother is a hilarious and heart-warming high-water mark of early screen comedy.” Criterionwww.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Kid Brother (1927) September 15 Sunday at 2pm
$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 80 minutesHarold Lloyd, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with Gaylord Carter’s exquisite archival organ soundtrack. Carter was Harold Lloyd’s favourite organist. Laughter is the best medicine with Harold’s supreme silent classic combining comedy, romance and drama.“Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespec¬tacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a travelling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces—including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship—with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, The Kid Brother is a hilarious and heart-warming high-water mark of early screen comedy.” Criterionwww.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
The Kid Brother (1927)  September 15 Sunday at 2pm
$25/ $20 at the website home page right hand side or call 0419 267 318.Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library NSW. 80 minutesHarold Lloyd, Prince of Clowns. New 4K digital restoration with Gaylord Carter’s exquisite archival organ soundtrack. Carter was Harold Lloyd’s favourite organist. Laughter is the best medicine with Harold’s supreme silent classic combining comedy, romance and drama.“Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespec¬tacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a travelling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces—including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship—with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, The Kid Brother is a hilarious and heart-warming high-water mark of early screen comedy.” Criterionwww.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
Don’t Change Your Husband (1919)
Classic centenary 1919- 2019
80 minutes: live music with Mauro Colombis.Sunday at 2pm August 4 State Library NSWAn early Cecil B. DeMille film with the delightful Gloria Swanson the star in an amusing battle between the sexes.
Read more about Gloria at http://www.tcm.com/…/187518%7…/Gloria-Swanson/biography.html“……(the film has ) the DeMille trademark qualities of visually satisfying and often exotic sets, costumes and lighting, as well as a certain smooth style overall. DeMille also knew how to choose his cast, such as Gloria Swanson in "Don't Change Your Husband", the first of six films she made with DeMille.I thoroughly enjoyed Gloria in this rather realistic yet light-hearted look at married life as the wife who becomes dissatisfied with her husband's sloppy habits and onion breath. When she meets the suave `Mr Perfect' with apparently no bad habits, she `changes husbands' so to speak, only to find that her new choice has far worse habits and characteristics than old Mr Onion-breath, and she finds herself wishing she had rather tried to improve on the few minor faults in her first marriage instead. No doubt there are some subtle lessons to be learned from this simple yet down-to-earth story, but at the same time this film is enjoyable and satisfying to watch.” Barbara UnderwoodMauro Colombis and silent movies with music! Mauro Colombis is a Sydney based versatile Italian musician. He started playing the piano at the age of six in Pordenone (Italy), town where he lived until 2005, before moving to Australia. His qualifications include two masters in piano performance (Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatorium and Venice Conservatorium) and a Bachelor of Arts, Music and Spectacle (University of Bologna). As classical musician he has given solo, piano duet and chamber music concerts in different European countries and Australia.In 2003 he was one of the participants at the first Pordenone Master classes for silent film pianists. Since then he has specialised in silent films piano accompaniment and has played for Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, for major film festivals and institutions in Australia (National Film and Sound Archive – Canberra, Australia’s Silent Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, The Australian Cinémathèque – Brisbane) and in Asia (Silent Film Festival of Thailand and Women on Silent Screen’s Conference in Shanghai).
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More details about the session are at the website.www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
Don’t Change Your Husband (1919)
Classic centenary 1919- 2019
80 minutes: live music with Mauro Colombis.Sunday at 2pm August 4 State Library NSWAn early Cecil B. DeMille film with the delightful Gloria Swanson the star in an amusing battle between the sexes.
Read more about Gloria at http://www.tcm.com/…/187518%7…/Gloria-Swanson/biography.html“……(the film has ) the DeMille trademark qualities of visually satisfying and often exotic sets, costumes and lighting, as well as a certain smooth style overall. DeMille also knew how to choose his cast, such as Gloria Swanson in "Don't Change Your Husband", the first of six films she made with DeMille.I thoroughly enjoyed Gloria in this rather realistic yet light-hearted look at married life as the wife who becomes dissatisfied with her husband's sloppy habits and onion breath. When she meets the suave `Mr Perfect' with apparently no bad habits, she `changes husbands' so to speak, only to find that her new choice has far worse habits and characteristics than old Mr Onion-breath, and she finds herself wishing she had rather tried to improve on the few minor faults in her first marriage instead. No doubt there are some subtle lessons to be learned from this simple yet down-to-earth story, but at the same time this film is enjoyable and satisfying to watch.” Barbara UnderwoodMauro Colombis and silent movies with music! Mauro Colombis is a Sydney based versatile Italian musician. He started playing the piano at the age of six in Pordenone (Italy), town where he lived until 2005, before moving to Australia. His qualifications include two masters in piano performance (Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatorium and Venice Conservatorium) and a Bachelor of Arts, Music and Spectacle (University of Bologna). As classical musician he has given solo, piano duet and chamber music concerts in different European countries and Australia.In 2003 he was one of the participants at the first Pordenone Master classes for silent film pianists. Since then he has specialised in silent films piano accompaniment and has played for Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, for major film festivals and institutions in Australia (National Film and Sound Archive – Canberra, Australia’s Silent Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival, The Australian Cinémathèque – Brisbane) and in Asia (Silent Film Festival of Thailand and Women on Silent Screen’s Conference in Shanghai).
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More details about the session are at the website.www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
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