Next week sees the return of the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema in Bo’ness, five days of film screenings and special events celebrating cinema’s silent era.
Alongside films starring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Laurel & Hardy, plus appearances from Mark Kermode and the Dodge Brothers, Saturday night sees a screening of one the first Japanese films ever shown in the West, 1928’s Jujiro (aka Crossways).
Set in Tokyo’s Yoshiwara pleasure district, this expressionistic and dream-like film was described by its director as a “samurai action film without swordfights”. The story follows a young woman and her brother whose dangerous obsession with a cold-hearted geisha has tragic consequences.
The Bo’ness screening will be accompanied by leading UK contemporary electronic ensemble, Minima.
Interestingly, Jujiro was one of the first films to be shown by the Edinburgh Film Guild as part of its inaugural season in May 1931 – click on the image on the right to see a clipping from the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch from 4 May 1931 discussing the Edinburgh screening (thanks to Edinburgh Film Guild).
We have two pairs of tickets to the screening, plus two CDs or Minima’s latest album, to giveaway.
This competition is now closed.