Featuring Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights with full orchestral accompaniment
The Bristol Ensemble
Conductor Gunter A. Buchwald
Slapstick Festival’s annual celebration of the finest silent comedy returns for a tenth year with their best and funniest show yet.
Over the past five decades City Lights has consistently featured in the Top 50 best films ever made lists (Sight and Sound critics poll) and is number 38 in the AFI’s top 100 comedies of all time. Both deeply moving and wonderfully funny, City Lights is Chaplin’s silent masterpiece – the film he dared to produce in 1931 when the ‘talkies’ were in full swing. His boldness produced one of the landmarks of world cinema. The final moment has been described as “the greatest piece of acting and the highest moment in movies” (James Agee). This is a rare opportunity to see this comedy masterpiece accompanied by Chaplin’s own original score performed live by a 39 piece orchestra.
The evening also features on screen comedy genius from Laurel & Hardy in their classic comedy short Two Tars (1928): 22 minutes of pure joy in which the inimitable Stan and Ollie find themselves wreaking havoc in a huge traffic jam with hilarious consequences. This will be accompanied live by the European Silent Screen Virtuosi.
There will also be an exclusive screening of Pass The Gravy (1928). If you don’t know this comedy gem, discover the rare genius of comedy master Max Davidson.
With additional onstage music and pre-event foyer entertainment, The Silent Comedy Festival celebrates their tenth anniversary in style.
The special guest host will be comedian and actor Omid Djalili.
Slapstick festival passes are available for all performances in the festival, except Cinekids at Watershed or Barry Humphries at St Georges. The slapstick festival runs from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 January.
Slapstick festival passes are £145.13 including booking fee.
For full line-up information please visit the Slapstick Festival website.