They Shall Not Grow Old (2): The Abject Archive… The Sacred Archive

The Abject Archive One of the things I find most fascinating about the pre-release advertising for They Shall Not Grow Old, is the way that it seems unable to argue for the project without at the same time rendering the archive footage from which it is constructed abject. To erase, in fact, the role and … Continue reading They Shall Not Grow Old (2): The Abject Archive… The Sacred Archive

Guy Newall and Ivy Duke in ‘The Garden of Resurrection’ (Arthur Rooke, 1919)

A few weeks ago I introduced a screening of this little known film at the Kennington Bioscope’s ‘Silent Cinema Weekend’ at the Cinema Museum in London. The Garden of Resurrection stars a couple who are barely remembered today but who were, for a brief period in the late 1910s and early 1920s, the darlings of … Continue reading Guy Newall and Ivy Duke in ‘The Garden of Resurrection’ (Arthur Rooke, 1919)

‘Broken in the Wars’ and the King’s Fund

One of the films shown at the recent Kennington Bioscope ‘Silent Weekend’ at the Cinema Museum was Cecil Hepworth’s Broken In the Wars. Henry Edwards plays a cobbler who has to give up his business in order to go to war. When he returns injured, his wife learns about the ‘King’s Fund for Disabled Officers … Continue reading ‘Broken in the Wars’ and the King’s Fund

‘When Paris Fell’

Here's a nice story from the trade paper Kinematograph Weekly which vividly conveys the sense of wartime cinema-going as a community activity, often imbued with emotional resonance way beyond that produced by the film itself. It comes from my favourite section of the magazine, the 'Showmanship' column, where cinema managers sent in accounts of their … Continue reading ‘When Paris Fell’