Variety (PG) (Varieté) + live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne and Martin Pyne

Silent Film and Live Music

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A still from Variety, 1925

A key work of German silent cinema and an international smash on its release, E A Dupont's Varieté (aka Jealousy) is an audacious melodrama, filmed in the legendary Berlin Wintergarten Theatre.

Starring two of the eras biggest stars, Emil Jannings and Lya De Putti, the film immerses you in a world of acrobats, clowns, jugglers, dancing girls and barkers of the period. The trapeze sequences are visually stunning and demand to be experienced on a big screen.

The screening features a live musical accompaniment by acclaimed musicians Stephen Horne and Martin Pyne, who perform Horne's original score for this classic of both the silent and circus genre.

Germany 1925 Dir Ewald Andre Dupont 94 min

Stephen Horne

Stephen has long been considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. A house pianist at London’s BFI Southbank for thirty years, he has played at all the major UK venues and recorded music for many DVD releases of silent films. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates other instruments into his performances, sometimes simultaneously. He regularly performs internationally and in recent years his accompaniments have met with acclaim at film festivals in Pordenone, Bologna, San Francisco, Telluride, Paris, Cannes, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Istanbul, Berlin and Vienna. In 2011 and 2012, Stephen was commissioned to compose ensemble scores for the London Film Festival Archive Galas of The First Born and The Manxman. In 2012 his accompaniment for Rotaie won the main prize at the Bonn Sommerkino Festival while for four years, from 2014 to 2017, he has been named best solo accompanist in the Silent London end-of-year poll.

Martin Pyne

Martin Pyne is a vibraphonist, percussionist and composer. He works mainly in the areas of jazz and improvised music, and contemporary dance, though he also has extensive experience in contemporary classical music. He leads his own highly unusual trio Busnoys, in which he plays vibes and electronics, along with bassist Jim Barr and drummer Trevor Davies. His solo work has featured collaborations with Stan Sulzmann and Dai Pritchard among others.

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