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Silent cinema gem screened with live piano score at DCA

Silent cinema gem screened with live piano score at DCA

A silent film that 'out-Hitchcocks Hitchcock' is coming to Dundee for a one-off screening complete with a live musical accompaniment.

A Cottage on Dartmoor was one of the silent film era's last hurrahs and is said to have launched the career of director Anthony Asquith.

One of the filmmaker's early masterpieces, the film tells a 'straightforward but beautiful' tale of a spurned lover, a crime of passion and an escape from prison - all without dialogue.

And in a throwback to days of old, Stephen Horne, who is a leading silent film accompanist, will be performing a live musical score that was specially commissioned for the British Film Institute alongside the screening.

  (A Cottage on Dartmoor)
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Director Asquith rose to prominence between the 1930s and 1950s.

The son of a Prime Minster, he became known for an experimental, visual approach to cinema - with some critics suggesting his ability rivalled that of the great Alfred Hitchcock.

Asquith's keen ear for music has seen the annual BAFTA Award for Best Film Music also known as the Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music - despite never having won the award.

Made in 1929, A Cottage on Dartmoor was one of the last silent films made and some critics call it a "final, passionate cry in defence" of the genre.

“It is always a joy to see vintage, classic or lost gems back on the big screen," said Alice Black, head of cinema at the DCA.

"At DCA we are always keen to re-live these films, or open them up to brand new audiences.

"We are also thrilled to welcome Stephen Horne back to Dundee to accompany this stunning silent film on piano.

"A perfect Friday treat, we certainly can’t wait to share it with the city.”

The film is being shown on Friday this week by the DCA. More information on the film and on the 6pm screening can be found online.

All the pictures in this article appear courtesy of Dundee Contemporary Arts.

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