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Oliver Twist (1922): South West Silents

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Oliver Twist (1922): South West Silents

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01 May, 14:00

Arnolfini, Bristol, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK

About the Event

Thought lost for decades, Frank Lloyd’s adaptation of Charles Dicken’s 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 rendering 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.

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