THE LOST WORLD headlines the Friday of NSFF 2021!

The Nederlands Silent Film Festival will unlock the doors and set the dinosaurs free on Friday evening, January 8, 2021. In THE LOST WORLD (1925), a loose adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel, Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery) and his crew travel to South America. Once there, they encounter a long forgotten world.

Decades before JURASSIC PARK (1993), lifelike dinosaurs walked the silver screen, brought to life by special effects wizard Willis H. O’Brien. The film was released just before the announcement of the sound film and in 1929 the producer decided – in his infinite wisdom – to destroy all copies of THE LOST WORLD – anticipating on a remake with sound, called KING KONG (1933). Luckily, a few copies survived.

The copy that will be shown during NSFF 2021 is the fully restored version, almost entirely in its original form, and will be introduced by Serge Bromberg, film restorer and director of Lobster Films.

Daan van den Hurk (piano) and Frank van der Star (drums) will musically accompany the film live.

The weekend of NSFF 2021: Slapstick Saturday, The Brilliant Biograph and The Marriage Circle!

From the very first (and sharpest) film images of all time to the biggest pie-throwing-spectacle ever recorded on film, the weekend of the Nederlands Silent Film Festival is full of sweet cinematographic whipped cream.

As you probably know by now, our guests of honor during Slapstick Saturday are Laurel & Hardy. You’ll see THE LUCKY DOG (1921), the first film they made together – before anyone could predict they’d become an iconic duo. And you’ll see Stan Laurel on his own in DETAINED (1924), including a “new” scene that was discovered in 2017 in the Fries Film Archief.

On Sunday afternoon, we will travel through Europe of 120 years ago. THE BRILLIANT BIOGRAPH is a compilation film, curated by Eye and the British Film Institute (BFI), with images from between 1897 and 1902. These images have been digitally restored and are razor sharp.

We conclude NSFF 2021 on Sunday evening with the comedy THE MARRIAGE CIRCLE (1924) by the famous German director Ernst Lubitsch. After making forty films in Europe, he left and went to Hollywood in 1923, where he made one masterpiece after another. In the film, we follow Mizzi, a woman who seems to have invented the art of flirting.

Passe partouts for NSFF 2021: How do they work?

Watch the entire festival NSFF 2021 via our special livestream with just one ticket! That’s not quite the full story, given that there are five different passe partouts to choose from on our ticket page.

Passe Partout Livestream Basic
The Passe Partout Livestream Basic gives you (digital) access to the entire festival, which means all films and all lectures. You don’t have to miss anything with Basic. It’s only € 15 to join us live. Different rates apply for physically attending the films in the theater (Pand P and Parktheater Eindhoven).

Passe Partout Livestream Sponsor
The Passe Partout Livestream Sponsor makes you, as the name implies, a sponsor. Any (financial) support for the festival is very much appreciated. With the € 25 for Sponsor you not only support this edition, but also the one after that. Apart from our appreciation, you will receive an honorable mention on our website.

Passe Partout Livestream Silent Sponsor
If you prefer not to be mentioned on our website, you can choose the Passe Partout Livestream Silent Sponsor. You’ll be just as much appreciated!

Passe Partout Livestream Sponsor Plus
For € 50 you give us an even bigger smile on our faces. If you plan to watch the films with the whole family or if you’re convinced, as we are, that it’s important that the Nederlands Silent Film Festival stays in business (and who knows, might even expand), then you have the option to buy the Passe Partout Livestream Sponsor Plus. In addition to our eternal appreciation, you will receive a very honorable mention on our website.

Passe Partout Livestream Silent Sponsor Plus
The Passe Partout Livestream Sponsor Plus also has a ‘silent’ alternative, should you wish to remain anonymous.

After purchase you will receive the link to our livestream, which will open on Thursday January 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM local time (one hour before the program starts). All programs, on all days of the festival, can be watched via this link.

The aforementioned ticket prices do not include service costs.

Slapstick Saturday at NSFF 2021: Laurel and/or Hardy!

There will be not one, but two Slapstick Saturdays this year. One in the afternoon (3:00 PM, local time) and one in the evening (8:30 PM). The same films will be shown at both times, but given all the restrictive measures – with probably an audience of thirty people at maximum in the theater – we’ve scheduled two screenings on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Slapstick Saturday can be enjoyed via our special livestream, which is included in our passe partout. However, if you wish to experience the magic live, you can now order tickets at Parktheater Eindhoven. The site of the theater lists all security measures, regarding masks and cancellations as well.

The subtitle of Slapstick Saturday is ‘Laurel and/or Hardy’. This is not for naught. Because, in addition to the very first film by Laurel & Hardy (THE LUCKY DOG, 1921), also DUCK SOUP (1927), THE FINISHING TOUCH (1928) and BATTLE OF THE CENTURY (1927) will be shown. And we’ll see Stan Laurel, by himself, in DETAINED (1924). The scene in which Laurel’s neck is extended to unreal proportions was long considered lost. Until 2017, when the scene was found in the Fries Film Archief!

Both Slapstick Saturdays are presented by festival director Daan van den Hurk. The films are musically accompanied live by the NSFF Trio (Van den Hurk, Soeters, Van der Star).

 

This is the official poster of NSFF 2021

The program of the Nederlands Silent Film Festival 2021 has yet to be announced, but the official poster does give away a few hints already. We see Stan Laurel in typical prison garb – which immediately raises the question: where is Oliver Hardy? – and the head of an extinct animal species. Which silent films are hiding behind these images? A little bit of patience is still needed. Soon we will reveal the complete program, and we’ll do this step by step, but don’t let us keep you from speculating!

In the previous years, our posters could be found in strategic places, however this year everything’s different. Distributing the poster is harder en less effective. In addition, you’ll be able to enjoy NSFF 2021 via a special livestream, which means a lot more people in other countries will be watching. That is why we are making the poster available, right here, on the website, for anyone to download. Enlarge the thumbnail, set your printer to A4 paper format and put it up to your window for everyone to see!

The Nederlands Silent Film Festival 2021 will definitely happen!

The Nederlands Silent Film Festival will be back on January 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2021! This past year has been a rocky one. Planning the fourth edition of our festival has been a chaotic endeavour which constantly forced us to look into our crystal ball. What are the Netherlands going to look like by the time January rolls around? What will be possible? Workable? What will be allowed, not allowed, or be allowed only under severe restrictions? At the time of writing, we’re still in the dark. It continues to be a coin toss. That’s why we’ve decided to move the NSFF, for the most part, to an online environment.

Our setup will hardly change, if at all: the silent films will be shown and musically accompanied live from Pand P and Parktheater Eindhoven. Whether there will actually be people in the audience is still a question mark, but everybody has the option to watch our NSFF 2021 livestream. If you can’t come to us, we come to you: each one of our programs will open with a cinematographic visit to a Dutch city.

To make things even easier for you, we offer one single ticket (passe partout) for watching the entire festival via the livestream.

More news coming soon!

Livestream 3: Comedies & Oddities

The NSFF presents, in collaboration with Eye Filmmuseum and Pand P theatre, a third (and for the time being last) livestream on YouTube. Friday 26 June, festival director Daan van den Hurk (piano) will not only musically accompany silent comedies, but also specially selected ‘oddities’; short animated films, scenes from everyday life, living toys, and travelogues.

The livestream won’t be available on the replay, so the only way to see it is at 8 PM local (Dutch) time, which is 7 PM in the UK and 2 PM in New York. Visit our YouTube channel to bookmark the stream.

After a brief introduction, the following films will be shown:

 

COMPILATION
approx. 1920
Compilation of a diverse array of topics, including pets doing tricks, living toys, birds and squirrels in parks in London, and pelicans in California.

LEA SUI PATTINI / LEA SKATING
IT, 1911
Lea’s (Lea Giunchi) parents forbid her to rollerskate, but she’s going to do it anyway. She escapes through the window and heads off to the rollerskate palace. Unfortunately, she’s not very well trained, so from the moment she’s wearing her rollerskates, she turns into a danger to herself and others.

KOKO BACK TRACKS
USA, 1926
Koko the Clown appears out of the ink well and jumps onto the page of animator Max Fleischer. When the ink well tumbles over, angry Koko decides to turn back time. KOKO BACK TRACKS is a short animated film, combined with live-action.

LE PARC NATIONAL DE YELLOWSTONE
FR, 1917
The first and second part (out of a total of four parts) about geysers and water sources in Yellowstone Park.

LANDSCAPES IN COLOR
FR, 1917
Scenes in color, capturing life in Sevilla, Spain, the Auvergne in France, the Tanger harbor in Morocco, and the Rocky Mountains.

VOLENDAM, ONE OF THE MOST PECULIAR VILLAGES IN THE WORLD
NL, 1923
Images from the fishing port in Volendam, repairing nets, everyday life and going to church on Sunday.

LIZZIES OF THE FIELD
USA, 1924
Slapstick comedy about the rivalry between two auto repair shops – garage ‘Red Dog’ and garage ‘Black Cat’ – which culminates during a cross-country car race.

 

All films belong to the Eye collection, and all Dutch title cards will be subtitled in English.

The livestream is free. Click the link and you have a front row seat. Anyone who wants to support us financially, there’s the possibility to do that via Geef.nl and it’s much appreciated.

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.

Livestream: Silent Comedies

The NSFF presents, in cooperation with EYE Filmmuseum and theatre Pand P, a special livestream! We will show five silent comedies, which will be musically accompanied live by Daan van den Hurk (piano).

A comfy couch and an internet connection; that’s all you need to attend this special event. Friday evening, May 8, 2020, at 8:00 PM local time (7:00 PM in the UK), we will open the livestream (on our own NSFF YouTube channel). After a brief introduction, the following silent films will be shown:

 

LE BATEAU DE LÉONTINE (FR, 1911)

MES VOISINS FONT DANSER / REPOS IMPOSSIBLE (FR, 1908)

ZIGOTO PROMÈNE SES AMIS (FR, 1912)

LA VENGEANCE DU SERGENT DE VILLE (FR, 1913)

A BANKRUPT HONEYMOON (USA, 1926)

 

Given the pandemic, and the measures that are being taken because of it, we’ve selected films that thematically fit our current circumstances. Like LE BATEAU DE LÉONTINE, in which Léontine shows us how easy it is to enjoy yourself while being stuck at home – as long as you flood your entire house. In MES VOISINS FONT DANSER and LA VENGEANCE DU SERGENT DE VILLE we see neighbours who do not necessarily get along with each other. The roads are practically empty, and although ZIGOTO is one of the first people to own an automobile, this vehicle has got a will of its own. And in A BANKRUPT HONEYMOON (without Laurel, but wíth Oliver Hardy) we’re shown an alternative for going to a restaurant: a restaurant in motion.

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

Take note: it won’t be possible to watch this live event on replay! Because of copyrights, we can only screen these films online for one time only.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Our first special event of 2020 would have taken place on the 21st of March in Pand P, Eindhoven. On this night, the silent silhouette/shadow/animation film THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED would have been shown and musically accompanied LIVE. However, due to the corona virus, we’ve decided to cancel the event – and move it to a later date.

After five years of intense manual labor, German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger finished the beautiful animation film THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED. She’d cut out figures, towers, animals and entire landscapes, photographed them, one frame at a time (also called the ‘stop motion technique’).

Her team involved other avant-garde artists who’d later become famous themselves: Walter Ruttmann would make the documentary-silent film BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY (1927), Berthold Bartosch would push the boundaries of animation further with THE IDEA (1932), which starred a naked woman as the main character, and Carl Koch remained very active within the movie industry until 1954, as director, cameraman, writer and producer.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED is not the oldest animated film ever that has survived (that honor goes to GERTIE THE DINOSAUR from 1914), it is however the oldest surviving feature length animation. The film is based on the folk tales of One Thousand and One Nights, so we’re witnessing flying horses, extremely long snakes, people transforming into animals and vice versa, and of course Aladdin with his magic lamp.

We would have shown the film on Saturday, March 21, 2020, but unfortunately we’ve had to cancel the event, due to the corona virus. We will move the film to a later, yet to be determined date. Check this page or sign up for our newsletter (which is both in Dutch and English) for new information.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED
GER, 1926
65 minutes
Director: Lotte Reiniger