Sparrows by William Beaudine

Sparrows – a silent film made in 1926. Presented at the brand new, trendy, glassy and steely Hackney Picture House by the Bird’s Eye View Festival.

Films made at the time were strongly influenced by the German Expressionism. That meant gloomy settings, tragic stories, big black eyes of the antagonists and very disturbing music. Heavy use of contrast – this was casting the foundations for future horror cinema.

The screening was scored by a live band – strengthening the effect of horror especially at the beginning.

Films like this one remind us the magic of the silent era. And even more show how The Artist is a step back in history, not a step forward.

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