Forbidden Paradise

Doors open 7pm

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01324 506850
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Event description

Friday Night Gala

Reception/doors 19:00 | Screening 20:00 incl. ‘champagne’ reception with live music by The Red Hot Minute Brass Band

Dress code: HippFest glamour or military moustache

Join us for the most glamorous night of the Festival and be transported to a romantic past… to a world of court intrigue and military derring-do, where men twirl their moustaches in thrall to a woman with “the greatest heart in all of Europe”. Pola Negri, one of Hollywood’s most alluring and vampish stars, delights in the role of Czarina Catherine, flamboyantly presiding over her subjects and her enthusiastic succession of male conquests.

When rescued from revolutionaries by the dashing Captain Alexis, Catherine ‘repays’ him in the boudoir only to find him tiresomely smitten, causing upset in the royal palace and beyond. Ernst Lubitsch’s eighth and final film with screen-diva Negri displays all the director’s witty sophistication and sauciness and bubbles over with Negri’s sensational screen charisma.

Dir. Ernst Lubitsch | US | 1924 | N/C 12A | b&w + tinted | English intertitles |1h 13m (+ short accompanied by Forrester Pyke)

With: Pola Negri, Rod La Rocque, Adolphe Menjou, Pauline Starke

Performing Live: Jane Gardner ensemble (piano, violin, percussion)

New restoration courtesy Museum of Modern Art, NYC

This event is supported by the British Association for American Studies and the US Embassy London Small Grants Programme

The Friday night gala reception and entertainment are generously supported by the Corbie Inn and Tesco Bo’ness

This event will be presented with BSL and electronic notetaking for D/deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences No need to rush off at the end of the film. The night is young and all our guests are invited to hold court in their finery for a few more hours of convivial celebration and to raise a glass to the Czarina with live music. The Hippodrome bar serving soft and alcoholic drinks will be open until 23:30. New for 2019:


** New for 2019: The Bo’ness Community Bus is offering a bespoke HippFest direct service to and from Linlithgow for just £3.50 single / £5 return. Call our box office on 01324 506850 or book your seat online when you book your film tickets.


22nd Mar 2019
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10 Hope Street
EH51 0AA

01324 506850