The undisputed icon of silent cinema, a brilliant actor, director, and music composer, Charlie Chaplin, will be a star of the evening on December 2 at Silent Cinema. You will watch two hilarious films directed and starring him - The Idle Class (1921) and Pay Day (1922).
Just like in cinemas a century ago, the film screenings will be accompanied live on a piano. Only this time by a much, much younger musician Mila Maia.
Chaplin biographer Jeffrey Vance describes The Idle Class as one of Chaplin’s funniest short comedies.
Pay Day is Chaplin's final two-reel short film, described by J. Vance as a delightful, polished work created in just a month thanks to Charlie`s co-op with Monta Bell, a future director and producer, who was engaged as Chaplin's general assistant.
All of the above, plus a glass of the wine of your choice (including mulled wine) will be an unforgettable moment in this Christmas season for you, your friends, and loved ones.
This event will take you on a Christmas journey back in time. You will see the first Christmas-themed movie scenes in history, including a one-minute-long, 1898 Santa Claus. The first film adaptation of A Christmas Carol. There will be The Little Match Girl (1902) and one of the oldest animations - 1913 The Insects` Christmas. Finally, Laurel & Hardy will make you laugh and cringe as they try their hand at selling Christmas trees.
The screening of these wonderful films will be accompanied by unique live music - Mila Maia will play both the piano and the flute. Of course, not at the same time, after all, we are not a circus.
Your participation in this event will be even more enjoyable if you try our wine, including white, red, and mulled wine.
Be sure to book a table now for yourself, friends, and family, as the tickets are limited. You can also book a table for someone as a gift.
The Birth of Cinema is a silent mini-documentary from 2021, directed by Adam Scheffler, with live music performed on piano by our resident pianists — Desiree Oduah and Siochain Fahy. The Birth of Cinema is taking you on an adventure. You will see the birth of cinematography. Thanks to the accompaniment of our pianists, you experience the same feelings and emotions as the first viewers 100+ years ago.
Previous screenings / October
Sherlock Jr. is a 1924 American silent comedy film directed by and starring Buster Keaton, with live music performed on piano by our resident pianists — Desiree Oduah and Siochain Fahy. In 1991, Sherlock Jr. was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." In 2000, as part of its AFI 100 Years... series, the American Film Institute ranked #62 in its list of the funniest films of all time (AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs).
Special event / November
On the 5th of November, we organized Silent Night - the first event in the series - and its screening of the nightmarish film Begotten, directed by Edmund Elias Merhige, and an equally horrible hour spent in the Paranormal Activity escape room. We also organized a little show during the screening with a dead body in a bag and live-streamed it on social media.
Previous screenings / November
One hour-long screening of the funniest moments in the history of silent cinema, starring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Stan Laurel, and Oliver Hardy, among many others. In addition, you will also watch silent shorts, that were created in our film studio. The films were accompanied by live music performed by our resident pianists - Desiree Oduah and Siochain Fahy.
Previous screenings / December
We invite everyone every December Saturday at 8:30 pm for two comedies - The Frozen North (1922) with Buster Keaton and Big Business (1929) with Laurel and Hardy. In addition, we will present the first film adaptation of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, created in Great Britain in 1901 by Walter R. Booth - titled Scrooge, or, Marley`s Ghost. The projection of these wonderful movies will be accompanied live by our pianists - Siochain and Desiree. All viewers will receive a free glass of mulled wine and Christmas cookies from us!