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Nederlands Silent Film Festival

NSFF Thursday

THURSDAY 9 JANUARY 2020

Start: 8:00 PM
End: 10:00 PM

Instead of the usual three, the biggest silent film festival in the Netherlands will present the best the world of silent film has to offer on four consecutive days. Thursday 9 January 2020 is opening night of Nederlands Silent Film Festival (NSFF), with a showing of the romance and action spectacle THE SPANISH DANCER (1923).

The film, starring Pola Negri - a flamboyant superstar in her day - will be musically accompanied LIVE, like all films at the NSFF. Daan van den Hurk (piano) and Tijn van der Sanden (guitar) play the ‘score’ LIVE in the theatre. The improvisation will be done in the traditional way, as musicians used to do a hundred years ago, but the music itself will very much be modern.

FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020

Start: 4:00 PM
End: 10:00 PM

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THURSDAY 9 JANUARY 2020

Start: 8:00 PM
End: 10:00 PM

Instead of the usual three, the biggest silent film festival in the Netherlands will present the best the world of silent film has to offer on four consecutive days. Thursday 9 January 2020 is opening night of Nederlands Silent Film Festival (NSFF), with a showing of the romance and action spectacle THE SPANISH DANCER (1923).

The film, starring Pola Negri - a flamboyant superstar in her day - will be musically accompanied LIVE, like all films at the NSFF. Daan van den Hurk (piano) and Tijn van der Sanden (guitar) play the ‘score’ LIVE in the theatre. The improvisation will be done in the traditional way, as musicians used to do a hundred years ago, but the music itself will very much be modern.

FRIDAY 10 JANUARY 2020

Start: 4:00 PM
End: 10:00 PM

On the second day of the NSFF you’ll be able to experience a cinematic whirlwind, a lecture by David Robinson, and a masterful French comedy.

At 4:00 PM there is a showing of the experimental Russian film MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA (1929), which isn’t really a film, but a visual experience. At 7:00 PM film historian and Chaplin biographer David Robinson holds a lecture about ‘forgotten star’ Aimée Campton. She used to be a big star in France, until she was suddenly and ruthlessly put aside. At 8:00 PM LES DEUX TIMIDES concludes the day. ‘I couldn’t stop laughing,’ said Daan van den Hurk, after attending a special screening. ‘In my opinion the best French comedy of 1928!’ Light, sharp and full of charm; trademarks of director René Clair. The film will be musically accompanied LIVE by Maud Nelissen (piano).

SATURDAY 11 JANUARY 2020

Start: 2:00 PM
End: 6:00 PM

On the third day of the NSFF, the emphasis is on color, mystery, and abundant laughter. In the afternoon, films will be shown at Pand P as usual, but Slapstick Saturday will move to the nearby Parktheater Eindhoven.

At 2:00 PM several short colorful films will be shown during FANTASY OF COLORS. The idea that silent films are, by definition, in black and white, will no longer be valid. The films and clips will be musically accompanied LIVE by Anne-Maartje Lemereis (piano). At 4:00 PM Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi, Curator Silent Film of the EYE Filmmuseum, holds a lecture about the so-called ‘Cunégonde films’. Comedies featuring the same leading actress every time. But who was she? Elif will reveal step by step how she discovered her identity. All Cunégonde films will be shown and musically accompanied LIVE by Meg Morley (piano).

SLAPSTICK SATURDAY (11 JANUARY 2020)

Start: 8.30 PM
End: 10:30 PM

Because of popular demand, Slapstick Saturday needed a bigger venue, so it has moved from Pand P to the nearby Parktheater Eindhoven, to give the abundant laughter even more room. Laurel & Hardy (and a very affectionate goat) shine in ANGORA LOVE (1929), Charley Chase gets himself into a tight spot because of a lost nightgown in WHAT PRICE GOOFY? (1925), and Harold Lloyd climbs a tall building - without ropes, cables or green screen - and shows the genius of practical silent film stunts in SAFETY LAST! (1923). Slapstick Saturday will be musically accompanied LIVE by the NSFF Trio, directed by Daan van den Hurk.
SUNDAY12 JANUARY 2020

Start: 11:30 AM
End: 10:00 PM

The fourth and final day of the NSFF will be opened by festival director Daan van den Hurk. He will hold a lecture and give a masterclass about silent film music at 11:30 AM, followed by CHAPLIN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY at 2:30 PM. Three Chaplin films will be shown: KID AUTO RACES AT VENICE (1914), THE VAGABOND (1916) and THE IMMIGRANT (1917).

Every year special attention will be paid to Dutch silent films, either made by Dutch filmmakers or shot in The Netherlands. At 4:30 PM there is a double bill, starting with the Dutch DE BERTHA (1914), followed by the German DER GEHEIMNISVOLLE CLUB (1913) (THE SECRET SOCIETY), which was shot in Haarlem, Scheveningen and in the Rotterdam canals.

Last but not least: METROPOLIS (1927), Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece will conclude NSFF 2020, with LIVE musical accompaniment by the NSFF Trio, directed by Daan van den Hurk (piano).

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Address:
Pand P
Leenderweg 65
5614 HL Eindhoven
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Prices

  • Adults€11.00 Thursday January 9
  • CJP (Cultureel Jongeren Paspoort)€20.00 Friday January 10
  • €32.50 Incl. Slapstick Saturday
  • €25.00 Sunday January 12

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