Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Night at the Cinema in 1914

Here in the UK a lot is being done to remember the start of the First world War a century ago. I've listed many of the events taking place close to me in my listing of What's On in Vintage Wiltshire, but something that's happening around the country is A Night at the Cinema in 1914. The BFI has put together a collection of archive films and newsreels to give people a sense of what typical cinemagoers in 1914 could have expected to watch on a night out.



I've got my ticket for my local arthouse cinema, The Little Theatre in Bath. I'm especially looking forward to seeing the episode of The Perils of Pauline, one of the massively popular serials from the mid-teens, and expect that I'll find the film of Allied soldiers celebrating Christmas incredibly moving.

You can see all the venues and dates on the BFI website.

8 comments :

  1. Gah - no where near me - but sounds AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. No probs. Usually the really cool silent stuff doesn't come anywhere near me either, so I'm jolly excited about this one.

      'Wings', the Oscar-winning Clara Bow film set in the First World War, is also coming to my local arthouse later in the year, so it's worth keeping an eye on your nearest one to see if they're getting it. First film ever to get the Best Picture Oscar!

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  2. That sound interesting might try and see if they have tickets still? I was also thinking of going to this; http://www.bathabbey.org/whats-on/events/candlelit-vigil-marking-start-first-world-war

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    1. Oh, that looks splendid! I wouldn't be able to go to that one - need to get the train back to Trow, and a late night would ruin me for work the next day - but it looks like a brilliant service.

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  3. Albeit tinged with a somewhat sombre thread.

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  4. Would you believe there is nothing on in Oxford on the 4th!!!! I'm absolutely appalled.
    I'm going to the candlelit vigil at the war memorial in my town instead.

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  5. Thanks for tipping us off! Alas, nothing in Wales. I'll be interested to hear what you make of the experience, I do indeed imagine it might be a bit heartwrenching. x

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