Year: 1931 Running Time: 25 mins Director: James Whale Starring: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Edward Van Sloan Cert: PG (Contains mild horror)
Lancaster Millennium Choir will be bringing their unique, and highly entertaining, interpretation of Frankenstein. Experience an abridged version of the 1931 classic in a new way as the choir sing along to clips using parts of Mary Shelley’s original text – plus a few other musical surprises along the way!
This event is a fundraiser for the Opera House 35mm Projector restoration project.
Year: 1927 Running Time: 94 mins Director: FW Murnau Starring: Janet Gaynor, George O’Brien, Margaret Livingston Cert: U
Awards 1st Academy Awards (1927/8)
Best Actress – Janet Gaynor
Cinematography – Charles Rosher and Karl Struss
Unique and Artistic Picture
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
“This song of the man and his wife is of no-place and everyplace: you might hear it anywhere at anytime. For wherever the sun rises and sets…in the city’s turmoil or under the open sky on the farm, life is much the same, sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet.”
So begins F.W. Murnau’s astonishing film.
This is a moving simple story of a husband’s betrayal of his wife with a seductive city girl. Labelled simply ‘The Man’ (George O Brien) and ‘The Wife’ (Janet Gaynor) the protagonists embark on an adventure of temptation, reconciliation, reconsecration and redemption, told with a lyrical simplicity of timelessness and universality.
Made with an unlimited budget, the amazing cinematography captures both idyllic rural settings and the bustling modern city with pioneering camera work. Sunrise is silent film at its most poetic. it uses an amazing array of cinematic touches, with a plot that keeps the audience transfixed.
Wurlitza will provide live accompaniment, adding music that will be both familiar and unfamiliar, from Bach and Villa Lobas to Talking Heads, Echo and the Bunnymen, Madness and the Vapors, as well as some of their own. This is a truly unique and memorable experience, and great for all ages.
Date: Sunday 24 January Venue: Baronial Hall Time: 3:30pm
Year: 1936 Running Time: 87
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman
Over 100 years since his most famous character The Little Tramp appeared on screen and 112 years since Charlie Chaplin appeared on stage at the Winter Gardens, we are screening his classic comedy Modern Times.
Featuring several of the most celebrated sequences in comic cinema and a musical score written by Chaplin himself, this is a cutting satire of the Great Depression and the dehumanising effects of industrial development.
Paulette Goddard stars as The Gamin who joins the Little Tramp in escaping from the big city. Feel like escaping modern life? This film is as engaging today as 80 years ago.
Date: Sunday 24 January Venue: Baronial Hall Time: 1:45pm
Sing As We Go
Year: 1934 Running Time: 80
Director: Basil Dean
Starring: Gracie Fields, John Loder, Dorothy Hyson
When the textile mill closes, putting her out of work, Gracie finds herself experiencing all of the amusements of Blackpool.
The most famous and fondly recalled of Gracie Fields’ British vehicles, Sing as We Go! captures vividly the sights, sounds, slang, customs and attitudes of the working classes in 1930s industrial Lancashire, while at the same time conveying a genuine sense of joyousness and delight.