This illustrated talk will trace the love affair between silent film and the macabre, from Thomas Edison’s graphic 1895 Execution of Mary Queen of Scots to the collective Post Traumatic Stressin the aftermath of WWI that gave rise to German Expressionist nightmares like Dr Caligari (1920) and the vampire Nosferatu (1922).
In Britain the 1910s saw a growing fascination with Egyptian curses and spiritualism whilst the 1920s heralded the so called ‘spook era’ and uncovered the dark genius of the master himself: Alfred Hitchcock. Using an international selection of film clips we will examine the birth of Horror from the earliest films in 1895 to the coming of sound in 1929.
Laraine Porter is Senior Lecturer in Film at De Montford University and Director of the British Silent Film Festival. 1h 30m incl. Q&A
Performing live: Forrester Pyke (piano)
This event will be presented with BSL and electronic notetaking for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences
Supported by De Montford University, Leicester
**If you like this, try The Cat and the Canary screening on Saturday night