Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Louise Brooks film to screen online as part of Hippodrome Silent Film Festival

This year, the annual Hippodrome Silent Film Festival celebrating silent film and music will include the seldom seen silent version of the outstanding 1930 Louise Brooks film, Prix de Beauté. Originally set to run last year in Bo'ness, Scotland but cancelled due to the pandemic, this year's HippFest is set to run over the internet (via Indy on Demand) between March 17th and March 21st -- and what's more, the Prix de Beauté program will feature a short introduction by silent film expert Pamela Hutchinson as well as Stephen Horne's recently recorded score, which will be making it's internet debut! For more information on the 10th HippFest, go HERE.

According to Alison Strauss, Arts Development Officer, for this year's virtual HippFest "we have tried to create a comparable cocktail of screenings with music, workshops, events and activities to sweep you up in the marvelous magic of early cinema." It looks like they will succeed. Among the other offerings are films starring Paul Robeson (whom Brooks once met), Mary Pickford, Rudolph Valentino, Marlene Dietrich & Fritz Kortner, and others. Check out the complete schedule of films, talks and introductions

Prix De Beauté (1930)
Drama • 1h 48m

Q&A - Stephen Horne & Pamela Hutchinson
SAT 20 MAR, 14:10, 1H 33M

Limited capacity This film has limited viewing only. To register your interest in having this film added to your Festival Pass, please email with Prix de Beauté in the subject line.

"Iconic star of the silent era – Louise Brooks – lights up the role of Lucienne, a spirited, carefree, working woman who enters a beauty contest and is introduced to the alluring world of fame and the freedom it affords. Chafing under the disapproval of her idealistic but controlling boyfriend she is torn between the tantalising glimpse of glamour and a life of domesticity.

Based on a story by René Clair and G.W. Pabst the film was released as a talkie but this HippFest presentation is of the glorious, beautifully restored silent version, which eschews some crude pasted-on sound effects and awkwardly post-synched dialogue scenes, and lets the stunning cinematography and Brooks’ electric performance shine for themselves. Brace yourself for the devastating finale, deftly handled by Stephen Horne’s brilliant score."

Dir.: Augusto Genina | France | 1930 | N/C PG | 1h 48m | Italian intertitles with English surtitles
With Louise Brooks, Georges Charlia, Jean Bradin, Augusto Bandini

Music accompaniment: score composed and performed by Stephen Horne
Recording commissioned by Film Podiu
Screening material courtesy of Cineteca del Comune di Bologna

Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance writer, critic, film historian, and editor of the silent cinema website Silent London. She contributes regularly to publications including the Guardian, Sight & Sound and Little White Lies, and DVD releases including the Criterion Collection, BFI and Artificial Eye. She is a member of the London Film Critics’ Circle. Her publications include a monograph on Pandora’s Box, published as part of the BFI Film Classics series and 30-Second Cinema. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme and has also appeared on Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5 Live, the World Service, and BBC TV News. [Read a LBS interview with Pamela Hutchinson here.]

Stephen Horne started accompanying silent films at BFI Southbank over 25 years ago. He has recorded music for several DVD releases and regularly plays at major international festivals. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates flute, accordion and keyboards into his performances, sometimes simultaneously. Recently Stephen won ‘best screening with a single accompanist’ for the sixth year in a row at the Silent London Poll. [Read a LBS interview with Stephen Horne about
Prix de Beauté here.]

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