The Ancient World through Silent Cinema

Entering the Ancient World through Silent Cinema
Free film screening & discussion
Saturday 21st November 2015
2 to 6pm The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, London SE11 4TH.

This film screening invites audiences to enter the ancient world through rarely seen, aesthetically rich, and immersive silent films set in ancient Greece or Rome. Through their enticing use of gesture and look, exotic sets and extravagant costumes, colour, music and movement, these films still offer spectators the opportunity to enter into history and experience a distant past where life is lived differently or to an extreme. Introduced by Professor Maria Wyke and Dr Pantelis Michelakis, whose research investigates the representation of antiquity in silent cinema, a professional pianist (Stephen Horne) will improvise throughout. There will be opportunity to discuss the films also with Bryony Dixon (Curator of Silent Films at the British Film Institute) and Nick Lowe (Classicist & film critic, Royal Holloway University of London). The programme will include rare silent films obtained directly from film archives in London, Paris and Washington, range from the 1900s to the 1920s, and include mythic, historical, tragic and comic representations of the ancient world. Full programme details will be available later in November.

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