Open during every show, the wine bar will make your stay at Silent Cinema even more enjoyable. Book a table, bring your friends, and hang out the old-school way, watching silent movies with live piano accompaniment. Scroll down to check what`s on and choose something for yourself. See you at Silent Cinema!
Rudolph Valentino in All Night
2nd of September, Saturday | 8:00 PM | DOORS 7:30
All Night is a 1918 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Paul Powell and starring Carmel Myers and Rudolph Valentino. It is one of Valentino's earliest films and one of the few in which he plays a comedic role. In contrast to the screen persona of "The Great Lover", the character of Richard Thayer is shy and insecure. Although he was invariably the object of sighs and the cause of fainting of most women of the time... In 1918, the film was promoted with the tagline: "Fools go where husbands fear to go." "This is about the craziest thing we have ever seen. It is so funny you will die laughing when you see it. It seems strange producers don't make more pictures along these lines." - Motion Picture News on October 28, 1918.
The Cameraman is a 1928 American silent romantic comedy film directed by Edward Sedgwick and an uncredited Buster Keaton. The picture stars Keaton and Marceline Day. It is considered by fans and critics to be Keaton still in top form, and it was added to the National Film Registry in 2005 as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Buster, a sidewalk tintype portrait photographer in New York City, develops a crush on Sally, a secretary who works for MGM Newsreels. To be near her, he purchases an old film camera, empties his bank account, and attempts to get a job as one of MGM's cameramen. Harold, an MGM cameraman who has designs on Sally himself, mocks his ambition.
16th of September, Saturday | 8:00 PM | DOORS 7:30
The occasion for us to screen this film is the 88th anniversary of the adoption by the Nazi German Reichstag on September 15, 1935, of the Nuremberg Laws - "Nuremberg racial laws" - excluding Jews as full citizens and depriving them of civil and human rights. The City Without Jews (German: Die Stadt ohne Juden) is a 1924 Austrian Expressionist film by Hans Karl Breslauer, based on the novel of the same title by Hugo Bettauer. It shows the birth of primitive anti-Semitism and points to the dramatic fate of Jews in the near future. Shortly after the premiere of the film Hugo Bettauer was murdered by a Nazi Party sympathiser. The film screening will accompany Jewish (Klezmer) music performed live by a Galway-based artist.
The Last Laugh (German: Der letzte Mann, transl. The Last Man) is a 1924 German silent film directed by German director F.W. Murnau. The film stars Emil Jannings and Maly Delschaft. Jannings' character is a doorman for a famous hotel, who takes great pride in his work and position. His manager decides that the doorman is getting too old and feeble to present the image of the hotel, and so demotes him to the washroom attendant. He tries to conceal his demotion from his friends and family but, to his shame, he is discovered. The Last Laugh was of great importance to other outstanding directors, such as Alfred Hitchcock, who did not hide his fascination with Murnau and the influence of his film achievements on his own work. Critics praised the film's style and artistic camera movements.
30th of September, Saturday | 8:00 PM | DOORS 7:30
We invite you to another film and music event from the Oh So Pretty Concerts series! This time, we will take you to the surreal world of Maya Deren. You will watch her unique, avant-garde films from the 1940s and 1950s. The screening will be accompanied live by the music and sounds of the Irish harp performed by the talented artist Francesca Lundvall, an American and Irish living in Galway. Maya Deren was an experimental filmmaker and an important part of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. The function of film, Deren believed, was to create an experience. You will find out what she meant during the screening and concert by Francesca. It is a real treat for seekers of undiscovered lands. The entire event will be audio and video recorded by our Film Studio. More: www.silentcinema.ie.
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!