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University expert to shed new light on silent film classics

Posted on 31 May 2013

Pioneering American films from the silent era of the movies are to be screened in Leeds and London later this month at events organised by Judith Buchanan, Professor of Film and Literature and Director of the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York.

The programme will include screenings of a series of short films dating from the early 1900s produced by the leading American silent film studios Thanhouser. Professor Buchanan will be joined at the screenings by Ned Thanhouser, grandson of the studio founder to discuss efforts to preserve his family’s remarkable film legacy.

The films to be screened are Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale (1910); Cinderella (1911); She (1911); Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1912) and a crime tale The Evidence of the Film (1913).

The screenings will include questions and answers about the rediscovery of the prints, brief introductions for each film from Professor Buchanan, live piano accompaniment and accompanying actor voices for The Winter’s Tale.

Professor Buchanan said: “These screenings offer a rare insight into some of the best examples of early silent films produced by one of the industry pioneers. It’s also a chance to hear about the film preservation work being carried out by Ned Thanhouser who is doing remarkable work to ensure his grandfather’s impressive cinematic legacy can be enjoyed by future generations.”

The screenings are at the British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank on 12 June at 6.10pm and at the Leeds Hyde Park Picturehouse on 13 June at 6.15pm.

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