The Kennington Bioscope: Films from Kevin Brownlow’s collection

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A great chance to see and hear from Kevin Brownlow. Kevin has done so much for silent cinema in the UK and internationally.

Vanity Fair: say
If you love silent movies, Kevin Brownlow should be your hero. He was recognized with an honorary Oscar in 2010 for decades of pioneering work, including The Parade’s Gone By, a definitive history of the silent era, and its companion TV documentary series, Hollywood. And over the years he and his partners have supervised meticulous restorations and presentations of such classics as The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, and Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush (both 1925).

And then there’s Abel Gance’s Napoléon. Brownlow first encountered a fragment of Gance’s 1927 masterpiece as a film-obsessed English teenager, and he spent nearly six decades reconstructing this vast historical epic, which is unlike anything made before or since.

The Event
Highlights will include the German mountain drama The White Hell of Piz Palu (1929), directed by Arnold Fanck and G. W. Pabst, starring Leni Riefenstahi, Gustav Diessl, Ernst Petersen, and World War 1 flying ace Ernst Udet; and the 1927 French drama La Glu, directed by Henri Fescourt (Les Miserables (1925)), with Germaine Rouer and Francois Rozet in the lead roles.

Kevin Brownlow began his famous career as a collector of 9.5mm in the 1950s and a sampling of his extensive archive is always a treat.