11 January 2020
Afternoon program: Pand P (Leenderweg 65, 5614 HL Eindhoven)
Evening program: Parktheater Eindhoven (Elzentlaan 50, 5615 CN Eindhoven)
The third day of the Nederlands Silent Film Festival is dedicated to color, mystery, and generous laughter. In the afternoon there will be a showing of colorful films, gives Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi a lecture about the identity of ‘Cunégonde’, and in the evening it’s time for our annual highlight: Slapstick Saturday.
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FANTASY OF COLORS
It’s one of the common misunderstandings about silent films: the fact that, by definition, they’re all in black and white. Actually, filmmakers used to experiment quite a lot with color, using all kinds of techniques. Our afternoon presentation FANTASY OF COLORS is about just that: color. We have selected colorful silent films and shorts, to show how resourceful they were in the early days of silent film.
Typical Dutch scenes, comedies and dream sequences will be shown, among many other fantastical things.
All films and shorts will be musically accompanied LIVE by Anne-Maartje Lemereis (piano).
LECTURE: ‘WHO WAS CUNÉGONDE?’
Around 1912 to 1913, the French company Société Lux produced comedies featuring the main character Cunégonde. The surviving films showcase the same actress playing either an unruly maid or a ferocious wife. However, the true identity of the actress playing Cunégonde remained a mystery until recently. In this presentation, Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, Curator Silent Film at EYE Filmmuseum, will explain step by step how she managed to discover who this actress was. This illustrated lecture also includes screening of the Cunégonde films, all survived within the Desmet Collection at EYE.
Discover this extraordinary story about a mysterious woman who was internationally acclaimed in her time but was then lost for more than a century. The films will be musically accompanied LIVE by Meg Morley (piano).
Because of the overwhelming interest for Slapstick Saturday, this program will move during NSFF 2020 to another location to house as many people as we can. Just a five minute walk from our regular location, Pand P, you will find the Parktheater Eindhoven (Elzentlaan 50, 5615 CN Eindhoven), where Slapstick Saturday will be held in the Philipszaal.
The other programs of the festival will be held at the Leenderweg in Pand P as usual.
Slapstick Saturday will be musically accompanied live by the NSFF Ensemble, directed by Daan van den Hurk.
Director: Lewis R. Foster
Cast: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Harry Bernard, Charlie Hall, Edgar Kennedy
Laurel and Hardy are debutants on Slapstick Saturday! In ANGORA LOVE, the silent film duo is dealing with a goat that’s following them around – even into their bedroom. The animal eats everything it encounters, and Hardy’s pants are no exception. They try to hide the goat from their landlord, who’s getting his goat (as one would say, back in 1929) because of all the racket and the smell coming from their room. The plot of ANGORA LOVE was reused a year later for Laurel & Hardy’s film LAUGHING GRAVY (1930), with a puppy instead of a goat.
WHAT PRICE GOOFY?
Director: Leo McCarey
Cast: Charley Chase, Katherine Grant, Lucien Littlefield, Jane Sherman, Noah Young
Charley Chase is back on Slapstick Saturday after his silent film DOG SHY, which was shown at the festival last year. In WHAT PRICE GOOFY?, Charley is married to a woman whose jealousy is out of control. Her friends are even spying on Charley when he’s out. When he’s visited by a Harvard professor – also a woman! – and she leaves her nightgown lying around, he has to put his best foot forward to hide it from his wife.
Directors: Sam Taylor, Fred Neymeyer
Cast: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Bill Strother, Westcott Clarke, Noah Young
The main feature of the evening is Harold Lloyd’s SAFETY LAST (1923). Lloyd used to be – along with Chaplin, Keaton and Laurel & Hardy – one of the biggest silent film makers of his day. The scene in which he climbs a tall building to find himself hanging from a big clock, is one of the most famous images in the history of film.
In the film, Lloyd works at a store, when his boss is in need of a clever publicity stunt. Lloyd recommends his friend, who has the nickname ‘the human fly’. It’s decided he will climb the building from the outside, to draw attention.
However, the human fly kind of forgets about a police officer who’s still after him. Lloyd has no choice but to take his friend’s place, and starts climbing. He’ll be relieved when he reaches the second floor, but things don’t go according to plan, because the human fly can’t shake the police officer. That means Lloyd is forced to just keep climbing and climbing…
Tickets for Slapstick Saturday can be purchased via the Parktheater.