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the black pirate…

Went to the excellent Bo’ness festival of Silent Cinema…which screens in the magnificent 100 year old cinema the Hippodrome, in Bo’ness (the oldest purpose built cinema in Scotland)…

Saw The Black Pirate  from 1926 – each frame was hand coloured at the time it was made…and it featured a magnificently athletic Douglas Fairbanks…marvellous stuff…all this with a live musical accompaniment…next year if you can, you should all go too!

Above is my favourite scene…the pirates simulate underwater swimming while actually they are rather obviously suspected in mid air…surreal and beautiful…

hippodrome…

Three cheers for the truly wonderful Hippodrome in Bo’ness. Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema (1912)…For more on the building and its revival see here.

Was here for a silent film festival and a performance by the rather marvellous Neil Brand a pianist for silent films. Did you know that originally it was not just one or two musicians accompanying a film, but whole orchestras of anything from 10 to 60 (!!!) musicians semi improvising together…Amazing stuff