Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

List of screenings

There are several ways to explore the festival programme on this website. Scrolling down this page will show you a chronological list of all forty screenings. Click on the pictures or the green buttons to find out more about any event.

You can also explore the festival by place here or see the festival calendar here.

The festival brochure can be read online here.

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Behind the Door

  • Hyde Park Picture House 73 Brudenell Road Leeds, England, LS6 1JD United Kingdom (map)

This gruesome and bizarre shocker of a film is one of the most notorious in all of silent cinema. Part brutal tabloid drama of rape and retribution and part WW1 propaganda, it pits Hobart Bosworth, a German-American sailor, against Wallace Beery, a sadistic German U-boat commander. The violence is graphic and disturbing.

Until recently, Behind the Door existed only in an incomplete print together with some outtakes preserved in Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and some decayed sections of the film held in the Russian National Film Archive. Led by Rob Byrne of San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Behind the Door has been reconstructed from these two sources and the finished version, complete with its original tintings, premiered in 2016. 

Part of A Day of Silent Film at Hyde Park Picture House including: Cartoon Carnival, Soviet comedy The House on Trubnaya Street, crime thriller The Four Just Men and Cecile B DeMille's smash hit Chicago.

SINGLE TICKETS: £8.50 (adults), £7.50 (conc.), £7.00 (members)
AS PART OF DAY PASS: £22 (adults), £20 (conc.), £17 (members) - please telephone on 0113 275 2045 to buy a pass.

Performing live: Meg Morley (piano)

Directed by Irvin Willat, USA, 1919, 70 mins. 

Earlier Event: May 28
The Four Just Men
Later Event: May 28