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

March 24, 2019: SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK

Sunday 24th of march, at 19:30, the NSFF presents a special event: SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK. This evening, in Pand P Eindhoven, two silent comedies will be screened, with live musical accompaniment by the NSFF Trio: Daan van den Hurk (piano), Bart Soeters (bass) en Frank van der Star (drums). A redo of the popular Slapstick Saturday, but on Sunday, for everyone who can’t wait until January 2020!

Program:

Buster Keaton in THE HIGH SIGN (1921)

A comic of a weird secret society which will turn your theatre into a merry lodge of mirth

Feature Film: SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK (1921) with Max Linder

David Robinson on Max Linder and SEVEN YEARS BAD LUCK:
‘Max Linder was the cinema’s first international comedy star, and a prodigious inventor of gags and routines that have continued to enrich every comedian’s repertoire. Yet his reputation was eclipsed by the horror of his death in an apparent double suicide with his young wife. As a result of the taint of mystery and scandal, he was practically eliminated from film history for four decades, until his daughter Maud – who as a baby was in her parents’ suicide room – set out to reclaim his name and to rediscover his films. It is Maud Linder (who died in 2017 at the age of 93) we have to thank for the reclamation of the film we shall see today. He called this film Seven Years Bad Luck. Max’s personal bad luck lasted longer, but our happy rediscovery of him may now make some posthumous recompense.’

January 5, 2019: RICHARD WAGNER (1913)

Preview of NSFF 2019 during the concert series ZOLDERKAMERTJESKLASSIEK

5 January 2019, 7:30 PM

RICHARD WAGNER (DE 1913)
Carl Froehlich, 72′

With original music by Guiseppe Becce

Performed by Daan van den Hurk (piano) and Maaike Peters (cello)

Guiseppe Becce as Richard Wagner

Director Carl Froehlich made this ‘biopic’ in honour of the 30th bereavement of Wagner. The life and work of Wagner are shown, somewhat dramatized as it should be in a movie. In this literally colourful film, we see Wagners journeys, his banishment to Switserland, his encouters with Franz Liszt and Giacomo Meyerbeer and all his major operaworks, which are shot in a fairylike manner.  

Like all films before 1930, this film is accompanied by live music. The talented film composer Guiseppe Becce (also the interpreter of Wagner) was assigned to make the music for this film. The original music of Wagner was originally meant to accompany the opera’s in the film. However, the filmmakers suffered a setback after finding out that the rights on Wagners music weren’t expired and Wagners heirs asked a gigantic amount of money for the music. But Becce found a solution. He composed and arranged music in Wagner’s opera style to accompany the film, he imitated the original melodies in such a way that they were still recognizable. Daan van den Hurk found a photocopy of Becce’s score, including the Wagner-imitations, in the archive of the EYE Film museum. The film will be accompanied by this original music, adapted to a version for piano and cello.

 The portrayal of Wagner is in line with how he was looked at in 1913. Wagners heirs, in particular his wife Cosima, and the daughter of composer Franz Liszt did everything to hold up Wagners reputation as high as possible. Therefore, the filmmakers are not to blame for the historically inaccuracies, they probably didn’t know any better. However, the broad lines of the film are historically accurate. Above all, the film is an ode to beautiful music, and for us, 100 years later, an ode to the beautiful music of Guiseppe Becce.