Slapstick Festival celebrates silent film

PUBLISHED: 09:13 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:17 28 November 2013


A CELEBRATION of some of the finest silent comedies from the 1920s and 1930s will take audiences back in time when the Slapstick Festival arrives in Bristol.

Hosted by multi-award winning stand-up comedian Omid Djalili, this is a rare chance to see Charlie Chaplain’s masterpiece City Lights accompanied by a 39-piece orchestra.

Over the past 50 years, City Lights has consistently featured in lists for the top 50 best films ever made, and is 38 in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 comedies of all time.

Written by, directed by and starring Chaplain, the film follows the misadventures of Tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl and develops a turbulent friendship with an alcoholic millionaire.

The evening also features comedy genius from Laurel and Hardy in their classic short film Two Tars.

The 1928 film sees Stan and Ollie wreaking havoc in a huge traffic jam with hilarious consequences.

The film will be accompanied live by the European Silent Screen Virtuosi.

There will also be an exclusive screening of Max Davidson’s Pass The Gravy, in which neighbours argue over their pet chickens and children.

This is the 10th year the festival has celebrated the best of silent films, and will include additional onstage music and entertainment in the foyer before the event.

The Slapstick Festival is at Bristol’s Colston Hall on January 24 from 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £10-23.50, are available from the box office on 08448 871500 or online at

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