Film Talk at Molly Keane Writers Retreat Co Waterford ‘Why Would Anyone Collect Films?’

(The Thief of Baghdad)

Following on from the very popular event, ‘We Had Faces Then’ which was held last summer there is once again an opportunity to  hear renowned silent film historian Kevin Brownlow describe his unique experience.

Kevin Brownlow has been collecting films for sixty years. In this illustrated talk, he tells of his adventures and shows extracts from the silent era. This was an incredibly exciting period– the jazz age – gangsters – prohibition – and the golden age of comedy. Some of the finest films ever made came from the years between 1900 and 1929.

Come to the intimate surroundings of the Molly Keane Writers Retreat set on the hillside in the picturesque seaside village of Ardmore to enjoy this unique daylong event. Hosted by Kevin, who has received an honorary Oscar for his life achievement.

This remarkable Englishman of Irish descent is the author of several books on the history of film and has directed many acclaimed documentaries on the same subject.  His film restorations include more than 25 silent films, including classics such as The Thief of Baghdad starring Douglas Fairbanks, and Rex Ingram’s  Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse. In the course of his research he has met and enjoyed the friendship of the royalty of old Hollywood, including Buster Keaton, Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Louise Brooks, Gloria Swanson, Harold Lloyd and many others.   No less a person than Martin Scorsese has said ‘You might say that Mr Brownlow is film history.’

From 11am to 6pm, May 12th cost €80 to include lunch and afternoon tea. Booking essential.

Phone 024 94225.   Or 085 7431377


For more information on Kevin Brownlow

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