Oliver Twist (1922) Film screening with live accompaniment
Thought lost for decades, Frank Lloyd’s adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of the boy who asked for more has an all-star cast.
This spectacular silent film gem was rediscovered in Yugoslavia in the 1970s, and stars the man of a thousand faces, Lon Chaney, as Fagin and the then wunderkind of 1920s Hollywood, Jackie Coogan (straight after his heart-rending debut in Chaplin’s The Kid), in the title role.
With thanks to Lobster Films, Paris. Live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley.
Director: Frank Lloyd
Starring Jackie Coogan, Lon Chaney
PG / USA / 74 mins
Oliver Twist is part of Bristol Ideas’ 2022 series Modernism1922 which explores the worlds of film, literature, music, politics and more 100 years ago. It is run as a tribute to Kevin Jackson. His book, Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism and All That Jazz, tells the story of that remarkable year.
This screening is part of Opening Up the Magic Box, a heritage element of Film 2021 which marks the centenary of the death of Bristol-born film pioneer William Friese-Greene and the 125th anniversary of the first public cinema screening in Bristol, which took place at the Tivoli on 8 June 1896, as well as celebrating Bristol – a UNESCO City of Film since 2017. It is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Meg Morley is an Australian-born pianist, composer and improviser who creates music within diverse artistic genres (silent film, contemporary dance and ballet, solo piano, contemporary jazz ensembles and electronic music). Classically trained from the age of two, she has worked extensively with various dance companies (English National Ballet, Rambert Company, Matthew Bourne and Pina Bausch) and performs and composes for international silent film festivals, institutions and film organisations (Il Cinema Ritrovato, British Film Institute, Flatpack Festival, Nederlands Silent Film Festival and South West Silents).
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