Livestream 2: Silent Comedies (29 May 2020)

Following the success of our first ever livestream on May 8, the NSFF – together with Eye Filmmuseum and Pand P theatre – presents a second comedy livestream on Friday 29 May 2020. Daan van den Hurk (piano) will once again accompany five silent comedy shorts live! (There will also be a few other surprises, but you have to tune in to find out what they are.)

We will open our livestream on Friday 29 May at 8 PM local time, which means 7 PM in the UK, and 2 PM in New York. (Go to our YouTube channel to bookmark the stream in advance.) After a brief introduction, the following films will be shown:

UN DÉJEUNER QUI NE PROFITE GUÈRE / A HARDLY BENEFICIAL LUNCH
FR, 1911
A hungry vagabond (Maurice Schwartz) steals somebody’s meal from under their nose, which leads to a crazy pursuit – and ends in quite an absurd way.

LA PEUR DES OMBRES / FEAR OF SHADOWS
FR, 1911
Split screens are not a new thing, because as far back as 1911 they were experimenting with this technique!

STAMBOUL ET LA CORNE D’OR / ISTANBUL AND THE GOLDEN HORN
FR, 1912
Scenes showing daily life in Turkey, 1912, mainly around Istanbul – which at the time was still called Constantinople.

ROBINET CHAUFFEUR MIOPE / TWEEDLEDUM, A SHORT-SIGHTED CHAUFFEUR
IT, 1914
A hundred years ago, silent films having the main character (Marcel Fabré) drive a car which destroys everything in its path were very popular. This time, it will cost the driver nearly everything he owns.

BEAUTY À LA MUD
USA, 1926
Jimmy Adams will do anything to get near the daughter of the owner of a beauty salon. He pretends to be the famous Monsieur Brilliantine to get into the door, but when he’s asked to treat a woman’s warts, the wart problem spirals out of control.

 

Just like last time, we’ve selected films that thematically fit the current times. Depending on your location, most shorts deal with professions that may or may not be allowed to be carried out again. Barbershops may find some inspiration in STAMBOUL ET LA CORNE D’OR, in which people are getting haircuts in the open air.

The films belong to the Eye collection, and all Dutch titles will have English subtitles.

Please note: this live event cannot be watched on the replay! Copyright allows us to show these films only once.

The livestream is free for everybody. Just click the link and you have a front row seat. Anyone who wants to show their appreciation, it’s possible to support us financially through Geef.nl.