Return to Opotiki

http://www.silentfilmfest.org.nz

The Opotiki Silent Film Festival, the New Zealand festival where the audience gets into the swing of things by dressing up in 1920s costume, returns 3-5 September 2010. What sounds like a charming event takes place at Opotiki’s Art Deco DeLuxe Theatre, and here’s this year’s programme, in their own words:

1. ROMANCE/DRAMA
Rudolph Valentino
THE SON OF THE SHEIK
5.30pm Friday 3rd ~ 1926 ~ 63mins
Ahmed falls in love with Yasmin and they meet secretly until one night, her father and his bandit gang capture, torture and hold him for ransom. Will Ahmed believe that Yasmin betrayed him? A dramatic story of deceit and intrigue – will love win through in the end?

2. HORROR / COMEDY Double-Bill
7.30pm Friday 3rd
DR JEKYLL & MR HYDE
Vintage Horror 1920 ~ 67mins
Dr. Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

DR PYCKLY & MR PRYDE
with Stan Laurel 1925 ~ 20mins
Comedy favourite Stan Laurel plays Dr. Pyckle. In a parody of the classic horror story, he turns into Mr. Pryde, a fiend who scours London for fresh victims… of practical jokes.

3. SWASHBUCKLER
ROBIN HOOD ~ Douglas Fairbanks Snr
2pm Saturday 4th ~ 1922 – 133mins
Classic Tale with our favourite Swashbuckling heart-throb. This was a big-budget spectacular of its age – a timeless story of romance and intrigue, staged on a herculean scale.

TO BE SHOWN IN THE MAIN THEATRE – WITH FULL PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT!

4. COMEDY TRIPLE-BILL
Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton & Harold Lloyd
4.30pm Saturday 4th ~ 72mins
The Champion, From Hand to Mouth & My Wife’s Relations. Three Classic shorts from the Kings of Comedy.

5. DESERT ROMANCE
THE SHEIK – Rudolph Valentino
7.30pm Saturday 4th ~ 1921 ~ 80mins
Tempestuous love between a madcap English beauty and a bronzed Arab chief! Sheik Ahmed desperately desires feisty British socialite Diana, so he carries her off to his desert tent-palace…

TO BE SHOWN IN THE MAIN THEATRE – WITH FULL PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT!

6. ALRED HITCHCOCK SILENT
THE FARMER’S WIFE
11am Sunday 5th ~ 1928 80mins
An amazing selection of European and US shorts providing a fascinating insight into life before the Talkies.

7. COMEDY TRIPLE-BILL
Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton & Harold Lloyd
1pm Sunday 5th ~ 67mins
The Tramp, An Eastern Westerner & Hard Luck. Three more delightful shorts from our silent comedy favourites.

More details from the festival site, which includes colourful photographs from last year’s festival.

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