Tag Archif: archive film

Next Event: Silent Horror Shorts III

Dydd Mercher, 26 Hydref 2016, 7:30 yh


Wedi’i chomisiynu gan Abertoir, mae’r casgliad hwn o ffilmiau mud arswyd byrion yn dathlu’r dyfeisgar a’r dychmygus yng nghyfnod cynnar y sinema gyda detholiad o ffilmiau nas gwelwyd yn aml ar ochr ysgafnach y genre arswyd ac, yn ffurfio canolbwynt y rhaglen, un o gampweithiau gwirioneddol dywyll avant-garde sinema fud, nad yw llawer yn ymwybodol ohono.

Caiff yr holl ffilmiau eu cyflwyno gan Paul Shallcross a fydd hefyd yn canu’r piano ar eu cyfer, a bydd yn cyflwyno’i sgoriau newydd sbon.

Those Awful Hats

1909, UDA, 3 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – D.W. Griffith


O bosib yr enghraifft gynharaf o ffilm gyhoeddiad cyhoeddus, wedi’i chyfarwyddo gan neb llai na’r dyn fydda’n ddiweddarach enwog am Birth of a Nation, dyma ffilm sy’n cynnwys rhai digwyddiadau annisgwyl iawn mewn cynulleidfa sinema.

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – Those Awful Hats

The Invisible Thief (Le voleur invisible)

1909, Ffrainc, 5 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – Segundo de Chomón


Mae isleisiau tywyll stori HG Wells yn cael eu trawsnewid yn ffilm hyfryd am drosedd gyda thechnegau camera Chomon yn ymchwilio pob posibilrwydd o stop-motion a ffotograffiaeth amlygiad dwbl. Dyma’r ffilm gynharaf i wneud defnydd yr awdur enwog fel deunydd ffynhonnell.

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Invisible Thief (Le voleur invisible)

An Over-Incubated Baby

1901, UK, 1 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – Robert W. Paul


Roedd Robert W. Paul yn beiriannydd arloesol o gamerâu ffilm a gwneuthurwr ffilm gyda llygad craff am y ffantastig a’r rhyfedd. Mae ei ffilmiau, fel yr un yma a Undressing Extraordinary, yn dangos rhai o’r arwyddion cynharaf o arswyd mewn ffilm. Stori rybuddiol o’r hyn sy’n digwydd os byddwch yn gadael babi goginio am rhy hir…

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – An Over-Incubated Baby

The Man with a Rubber Head

1901, Ffrainc, 3 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – Georges Méliès


Mae Tad y sinema ffantastig yma yn troi’i dychymyg tuag at ei ben ei hun…

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Man with a Rubber Head

The Fall of the House of Usher

1928, UDA, 13 munud, (NR)
Cyfarwyddwr – James Sibley Watson & Melville Webber


Dyma waith annisgwyl gan griw o artistiaid amaturiaid gyda grym ariannol ag celfyddydol. Mewn llawer ffordd dyma’r fersiwn sinematig diffiniol o’r clasur gan Edgar Allan Poe.

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – The Fall of the House of Usher

There It Is

1928, UDA, 22 munud, (Unrated)
Cyfarwyddwr – Charley Bowers


Dyma ffilm am ysbrydion gan un o’r comediwyr anghofiedig y cyfnod mud. Mae stori’r ffilm yn esgus am gomedi swreal ac effeithiau camera anhygoel.

GWE-DDOLENNI:
IMDb – There It Is

AUDIENCE SCORE:  95.71%

And the comments as follows

  • Magical.  Perfect piano.  Timeless and delightful.  I felt delighted, amused and entertained
  • Another wonderful selection of silent era films
  • Loved the piano accompaniment
  • Fabulous
  • A rare treat excellently delivered.  Will be back next year.  Paul’s enthusiasm makes the evening
  • A real treat to see the films and to hear Paul play along in just magic
  • Very enjoyable.  Never knew that there were such interesting early films.  Excellently presented
  • Brilliant as usual
  • As always very entertaining, and also informative.  Music is inspired.  Paul is obviously very passionate about what he does
  • Charming, quirky and uniquely entertaining
  • The music suited the films very well.  Very entertaining
  • An atmospheric session of cinematic treats.  Live piano music extremely effective.
  • Entertaining Shallcross’s music great and his selection of knowledge of the films is rare
  • Erudite, informative and entertaining introductions.  Please let us have more of the genius that is Paul Shallcross
  • I really enjoyed the evening.  Info, films and music were fantastic.  I’m going home to read some Poe
  • Quirky as ever and very entertaining
  • Wonderfully entertaining and well presented
  • Very informative and some hilarious moments
  • Wonderful glimpse at history, and the music and talk were fantastic.  As a film novice and first timer at film club I was very impressed and will definitely be returning
  • Both educational and entertaining.  A most enjoyable evening
  • Really enjoyed The Fall of the House of Usher.  Inspirationally shot
  • Fabulous.  Great music, entertaining presentation, educational and interesting and fun.

Audience Reaction: ‘In a Lonely Place’ and ‘Trumbo’

Scores and comments from the Hollywood Film Festival this past weekend. Looks like you all had a really great time!

IN A LONELY PLACE
Audience Score 84%

  • Very engaging – powerful emotions and great tension in the story with the seed of doubt sown. Enjoyed the strong performances and the costumes.
  • Great character development showing the breakdown of faith between the lovers
  • Enjoyed the suspense. Strong female character – one unlucky guy!
  • Very dramatic music – did he or did not he?
  • Good casting of actors
  • Full of tension
  • Good to have two films about screenwriters to compare. Look forward to Trumbo
  • One of my favourite films – great to see on the big screen. Bogart and Grahame are a spectacular paring – very emotionally intense
  • Loved the dialogues, retorts and quips. Something not in modern films. Bogart is fab actor. Loved the story, gripping. Like reading a good book you cannot put down – brilliant performance. Kept you on the edge of your seat. Totally credible. Well worth watching
  • Totally compelling
  • Loved it …so atmospheric without hi-tec special effects of today – wonderful acting, so much expression in faces and body language – fantastic script with humour – black and white film evokes so much tension and wonderful imagery – great high speed car journey
  • Great ending.
  • Very engaging, powerful emotions, great tension in the story with the
  • Enjoyed the strong performances and the costumes. Naked intensity.
  • Predictable but enjoyed
  • Interesting from the perspective of how an abusive relationship was viewed in the 50s as opposed to today. Predictable and result end result with issues unresolved.
  • Very tense gripping drama

TRUMBO
Audience Score 93%

  • Very informative –showed warts and all – but what a dreadful episode in US history
  • Brilliantly portrayed of individual attempt to live up to b lists for
    An enjoyable slice of infamous American history well told. Could have done with a re-write to shorted it slightly
  • Use of black and white film with colour emphasized the time. Illustrated not only the madness of the time but the complexities of the characters and subversiveness of the fight back by the accused
  • Inspiring and moving. Interesting to see into the history and how it played out in individual lives. The toll it took
  • The film showed how paranoid the Americans were at that time. It showed how families were destroyed by the black list
  • Interesting period in USA history – could return if Donal Trump becomes president!
  • The film very effectively portrayed the strength of Trumbo and many others. It was extremely well written and performed brilliantly by Bryan Cranston. It was a joy to watch and extremely accurate historically also.
  • Brilliant film saw all sides of Trumbo’s character
  • Inspiring resistance to paranoia
  • Glad the good guys won in the end
  • Brilliant film – perfect casting, excellent cinematography – dreadful story – a bad time in America -= Helen Mirren as Hedda was great at the end as personification of right wing evil and bigotry – loved Billie Holiday at the end – just the right song!
  • Acting superb, the actors playing the ‘real’ actors were life like. Highly recommended I learned a lot in the film of what happed during those times.
  • Brilliantly acted – nice to know who were the good guys and who were the baddies

Audience Reaction: ‘Patagonia’

The audience gave the film ‘Patagonia‘ a score of 90.79%.

The screening was part of Menter Iaith Castell-nedd Port Talbot’s ‘Gwyl y Crinddail’​.

A collection was made for MacMillan (I’ll let you know how much was raised on Monday.)

Rhoddod y gynelleidfa sgor o 90.79% i’r ffilm ‘Patagonia’.

Roedd y dangosiad yn rhan o ‘Wyl y Crinddail’, Menter Iaith Castell-nedd PortTalbot​.

Casglwyd arian ar gyfer elusen MacMillan (wnai rhoi gwybod i chi beth oedd y cyfanswm a godwyd dydd Llun.)

patagonia
Here are the audience comments:
Dyma sylwadau y cynelleidfa:

  • Anhygoel. Werth iw weld.
  • Charming, well-acted eccentric characters and beautiful scenery.
  • Magical. Even the mini breaks.
  • Yn dipyn far-fetched, y diwedd – ond mwynhauais i’r ffilm. Sobre todo la parte en Gales.
  • Scenery was excellent. A poignant story.
  • Yn hollol werth gweld! Roedd yr olygfa a’r actio yn fendigedig – a’r storiau hefyd. Diolch yn fawr am y cyfle!

Audience Reaction: Horror Shorts II

The audience gave ‘Horror Shorts II‘ with Paul Shallcross a score of 92.05%

Here are their comments:

  • Thoroughly enjoyable. Paul’s informed history of film & specific technique highly interesting. Films themselves so imaginative especially ‘Prelude’.
  • Ardderchog. Brilliant!
  • Different, enjoyable & entertaining. More like this please.
  • Unusual + interesting – a very original evening.
  • A very nice evening. Enjoyed very much.
  • Totally brilliant! And a nice tribute to Greig too! Please bring back this wonderfully talented man.
  • Very enjoyable and informative evening. Thanks

PHOTOS

Audience Response: Minima & The Phantom of the Opera 1925

The audience gave the Minima presentation of the 1925 ‘Phantom of the Opera‘ a score of 94%

Here are their comments:

  • Music made the film.
  • Excellent music suited to the themes, however could perhaps have had a lighter approach to the more comedic scenes.
  • Minima’s music was excellent, though not always suited to the themes of the work. Audio quality suffered, something was rattling in the deepest bass in a very distracting fashion. For older works an accompanying info sheet would be helpful.
  • An interesting combination of instruments – hypnotic minimalism! What a pity that the level of volume was such that it was distorted and hit resonance with the floor, the furniture and my rib cage. A few decibels less would have enhanced the film instead of competing with it. An excellent attempt chaps; but far too loud. OK for a rave though.
  • A fantastic evening! Superb music + an excellent film.
  • Outstanding on all levels – The music complemented the film perfectly – the unmasking of the Phantom was particularly powerful as was the final sequence. Please bring Minima back!
  • Excellent performance by Minima. A shame that the music was too loud and that it caused a horrible and distracting rattle within the theatre.
  • Music was great!
  • Really enjoyed doing something different for the night!
  • Very good performance. Not what I expected.
  • What a brilliant (revived) idea! More please.
  • First time I’ve seen this cinema classic – greatly enhanced by the live music.
  • Amazing stamina of musicians. Brilliant score.