We have a rare screening of a silent gem, introduced by its producer’s son along with a biopic of two of Hollywood’s greatest comedy talents and re-screenings of two recent popular titles.
We are very pleased to welcome Sir Sydney Samuelson, who will be introducing A Couple of Down and Outs, a silent film about WW1 made in 1923, which was produced by his father G.B. Samuelson and directed by Walter Summers. It is extremely fortunate that a film of this vintage still exists and the restoration by the BFI features a fine score composed by John Sweeney, one of the mainstays of the Kennington Bioscope which shows silent films at the Cinema Museum.
The lack of real information about British cinema at this time is borne out in this interesting article about the film, which certainly bears out the dangers of relying on Wikipedia for accurate information. Luckily most, if not all, of the errors highlighted have since been corrected! Sir Sydney should be able to enlighten us as to the story of production as well as other films produced by his father’s company.
The evening will begin with a comedy short followed by a short film sequence of ‘behind the scenes’ shot at Samuelson’s Worton Hall Studio in 1918, which Sir Sydney will describe. A Couple of Down and Outs will be followed by a Q&A with our Chairman Philip Howard. Book here…………