Blinking Buzzards, Kennington Talkies, Kennington Bioscope, Casablanca Screening
Blinking Buzzards, Saturday January 5th, 4pm-7pm
The UK Buster Keaton Society. Quarterly meeting of the society dedicated to the appreciation of the silent comedian.
After a selection of Keaton shorts and a break, the second half will be a screening of Sherlock Jr. (1924). Buster plays a film theatre projectionist in love with a beautiful girl (Kathryn McGuire). When his love rival fingers him for the theft of her father’s watch, all seems lost, but while falling asleep in the projection booth, he dreams that he becomes Sherlock Jr. and solves the crime.
Sherlock Jr. is famed for its special effects and in-camera tricks. Kevin Brownlow reports that Keaton told him “every cameraman in the business went to see that picture more than once trying to figure out how the hell we did some of that.”
Entry is free to members and annual membership is available to purchase on the door (£10).
Advance tickets are £8.50 (£6.50 concessions) and may be purchased from Billetto, or direct from the Museum by calling 020 7840 2200 during office hours.
If you would prefer to buy tickets on the door, the price will be £10 (£7 concessions).
The sixth and last Thin Man film is directed by Edward Buzzell, from a script by Steve Fisher and Nat Perrin. Also starring Phillip Reed, Keenan Wynn and Jayne Meadows, as well as Dean Stockwell as Nick Jr., and Gloria Grahame as a singer (although her voice was dubbed by Carol Arden).
Tommy Drake, the leader of a jazz band in killed aboard a gambling ship where he was performing. The ship’s owner, Phil Brant, who is the prime suspect, turns up at Nick and Nora’s apartment asking for help. When he is then shot at, Nick turns him in to the police, deciding this is the safest place for Brandt to be while he investigates…
Advance tickets are £6 – click to purchase from Billetto, or call 020 7840 2200 during office hours to purchase direct from the Museum.
We start the New Year with a Douglas Fairbanks double bill, Allan Dwan’s A Modern Musketeer (1917) and The Good Bad Man (1916), introduced by Kevin Brownlow. In the first, Fairbanks plays a restless young man in rural Kansas who dreams of being a hero like the Three Musketeers. The film was shot on location at several Arizona landmarks, including the Grand Canyon. This is a 35mm presentation, courtesy of Patrick Stanbury. The second, The Good Bad Man with Bessie Love is among Fairbanks’s earliest films to explore themes and ideas that recurred throughout his work — including issues of identity and a passion for the history of the American West.
Tickets are £5, but seats are limited. To avoid disappointment, please request an invitation using the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A screening of the classic wartime romance starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It was nominated for eight Oscars in 1943, and won for Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Curtiz) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch).
Based on an unproduced stage play called ‘Everybody Comes to Rick’s’, Casablanca (1942) is set amongst a group of characters stranded in the North African town by the war. Bar-owner Rick (Bogart) must choose between his love for Elsa (Bergman) and the need for her and her husband, Czech Resistance leader Victor (Paul Henreid), to escape back to Europe and continue the struggle against the Nazis.
The screening will be preceded and followed by the recording of the Best Pick Podcast.
Advance tickets are £6 – click below to purchase from Billetto, or call 020 7840 2200 during office hours to purchase direct from the Museum.