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A NIGHT AT THE CINEMA IN 1914

On 6 December from 13:00 to 19:00 within the framework Riga International Film Festival, Riga Film Museum will offer a special event - a film programme, created by the British Film Institute, which characterises a typical 1914 film session. The programme "A Night at the Cinema in 1914" consists of 14 British and American films: comedies, adventure films, travel reviews and newsreel films, made in 1914.

Within the first Riga International Film Festival, Riga Film Museum on 6 December will offer a special event held in cinema Splendid Palace – a film programme, created by the British Film Institute, and characterising a typical 1914 film session.

A hundred years ago cinema was a new, exciting and very accessible form of entertainment. Long films had not yet become the norm, so the programme consisted of short films of different genres and themes, which was accompanied by live sound. The programme changed frequently and showtimes were not set - each visitor chose when to come to the cinema and how long to stay there.

The programme created by the British Film Institute consists of 14 British and American films: comedies, adventure films, travel reviews and newsreel films, made in 1914. Among the films there was a comical story about a face-making contest, an early aviation show, suffragette protest at Buckingham Palace, characterising popular scenes and events of that time. During this time, much in demand in Europe were American films and especially the novelty - series. The programme includes such examples of early series like "The Perils of Pauline", starring Pearl White, whose main platform in the coming year turned out to be series. In the episode shown in the programme, Pauline is followed by miscreants who covet her riches. The chasing includes a hot air balloon ride and extremely audacious salvage from a burning house. In turn, "A Film Johnny" is one of the first Charlie Chaplin's roles in Hollywood, and its action takes place in the cinema. 1914 is a crucial year also as a point of historical reference with the beginning of the First World War. This period is captured in chronicles – a portrait of the Austro-Hungarian Royal Family, British soldiers celebrating Christmas in the front and others.

The programme A Night at the Cinema in 1914 created by the British Film Institute characterises the very essence of this time, reflecting a typical film session of this year. To make the event even more special also other aspects related to film watching will be reconstructed - the films will be accompanied by live sound, and they will not have set showtimes. During the time period from 13:00 to 19:00 the programme will be repeated four times, length of one cycle - 85 minutes. Spectators may arrive at any time convenient and stay as long as they like. 

Admission fee: EUR 3

Supported by: State Culture Capital Foundation.

About Riga International Film Festival 
Riga International Film Festival (Riga IFF) programme will also include the Latvian National Film Festival "Lielais Kristaps 2014", a programme of films nominated to the European Film Academy Award, and European film retrospective, Northern European children's and youth film programme, Russian Documentary Film Festival programme "Artdocfest / Riga", a special event devoted to RIGA IFF programme and script-writers organised by film festival 2ANNAS, as well as a wide festival programme prepared by the National Cinema Centre "Riga Meetings" at the Latvian National Library.

Photo: “The Perils of Pauline” (1914), from the collection of British Film Institute



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