Australia’s Silent Film Festival

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2009
State Library of NSW

There are a number of complimentary double tickets available for students and staff of the University of Sydney.  Tickets can reserve double tickets by emailing the Australia’s Silent Film Festival at info at ozsilentfilmfestival dot com dot au

The Festival features many treasures of early cinema often presented with live music. The Festival supporters in this wonderful event include the National Film and Sound Archive; Goethe-Institut Australien; Alliance Française de Sydney; The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney; and Abbey’s Bookshops.

These films are restored and rarely screened in Australia. It is a wonderful opportunity to see Vertov, Georges Méliès, Fritz Lang and many more!

Ronnie and Sharon, Festival Director DirectorsProgram
Australia’s Silent Film Festival, October 2009

State Library of NSW
Saturday, October 24
Destiny (1921) – directed by Fritz Lang
Director of the great silent classic “Metropolis” and other outstanding films first won international recognition with this unusual gothic fantasy combining mysticism and fate.  A young woman who loses her fiancé crosses into another realm in an attempt to restore his life, but Destiny has other plans.

Comedies for Kids – Chaplin, Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy
Always the Festival’s most popular session, there are plenty of belly laughs for young and old with a choice selection of slapstick comedies by the era’s best and most inventive and skilled comedians.

Seventh Heaven (1927) – starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell
A beautiful, sentimental and enchanting love story ends the Festival on a high note, this almost spiritual film directed by Frank Borzage makes the lovers appear to live in a world of their own with a special bond connecting them even when separated during World War I.

Sunday, October 25
The Man with the Movie Camera (1929) – directed by Dziga Vertov
A deliberate attempt by Soviet Avant Garde filmmakers to depict life as it really is, contrary to the commercial narrative film with a story and actors.  Be mesmerized by hundreds of scenes from daily life which combine to make a symphony and rhythm that is simply Life.

Flesh and the Devil (1927) – starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert
Screen legend Greta Garbo sizzles in this stunning silent film full of emotional drama and suspense in a superb performance as the seductive temptress that comes between two childhood friends.  Her leading man, John Gilbert, at one point even rivalled Rudolph Valentino as the most popular romantic screen idol!

Georges Méliès, the First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1912)
One of the great pioneers of motion pictures produced hundreds of short films at the turn of the century, demonstrating remarkable inventiveness, humour and skill, and setting the foundation for the development of cinema as we know it today.  Important for serious cinema enthusiasts, but also enjoyable and fascinating viewing for the general public!

Australia’s SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
Presented by Silent Film Australia Ltd.
http://www.ozsilentfilmfestival.com.au
0419 267 318
POBox 3424 Sydney NSW 2001

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