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L'Hirondelle et la Mésange (The Swallow and the Titmouse) (PG*)

+ live music + introduction by Bryony Dixon

L'Hirondelle et la Mésange

Our Autumn Silent Film and Live Music season opens with André Antoine's thoroughly modern take on the melodrama.

This lyrical drama was shot in 1920 on the waterways of Flanders and follows two barges, ‘The Swallow’ and ‘The Titmouse’, as they carry coal to the areas devastated by the First World War. Tensions arise between the captain and his pilot who lusts after his wife, but the star of the film is the beautifully lit and photographed Flanders landscape.

The screening features a live musical accompaniment of harp and piano from Elizabeth-Jane Baldry and Stephen Horne and an introduction by silent film curator  Bryony Dixon.

France 1920 Dir Andre Antoine 80 min 

Presented in partnership with the British Silent Film Festival

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