The 14th British Silent Film Festival

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Thursday 7 April through Sunday 10 April.

The Barbican, the BFI and the 14th British Silent Film Festival are delighted to welcome you to the 2011 edition, featuring a programme packed with fascinating discoveries, unseen gems and some of the best silent feature films from the BFI and fellow archives, all accompanied by world class musicians.

This year's Festival continues their exploration into the use of music and sound in presenting silent film, particularly as it moved towards its transition to synchronised sound. The art of the silent film musician features strongly in their line-up demonstrating how the language of film music developed and how musicians today take different approaches to accompaniment. They will be recreating the experience of cinema going from the Great War to the late silent period; looking at the unlikely relationship between radio and the silent film, celebrating the centenary of the birth of the British newsreel and hosting the world premiere of the restored musical score for the Russian fantasy film Morozko.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Neil Brand (UK), Günter Buchwald (Germany) Philip Carli (USA) Stephen Horne (UK) and John Sweeney (UK).

Festival programmed and organised by Neil Brand, Bryony Dixon and Laraine Porter.

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