Dmitri Kirsanoff’s Ménilmontant remains one of the most celebrated and moving of French avant-garde impressionist films of the 1920s. Legendary film critic Pauline Kael claimed it was her favourite film, calling it “an exquisite, poetic 40-minute movie that is one of the least-known masterpieces of the screen”. This screening will be accompanied by a specially-created sound score blending live foley and sound effects with piano.
One of the major figures of the French film avant-garde of the 1920s and an early feminist, Germaine Dulac combined narratives of psychological realism with the visual techniques of the French Surrealist movement. In the rarely screened L’Invitation au Voyage, she employs a minimum of plot and maximum of atmosphere to convey her tale of the intense desire generated between a bored young wife and a handsome naval officer who meet in a Paris cabaret.
Performing live: Sue Harding (foley), Rebecca Glover (foley), Jonny Best (piano)
Ménilmontant: dir. Dmitri Kirsanoff, France, 1926, 37 mins, 35mm
L’invitation au voyage: dir. Germaine Dulac, France, 1927, 37 mins, 16mm
This film is part of the Sheffield All-Dayer at Abbeydale Picture House. All-Day Early Bird tickets are available until April 13th.
Make a weekend of it with the great value Sheffield Big Weekend Pass. This gets you into all eight ysff events at Abbeydale Picture House and Showroom Cinema 11 - 13 May. To immerse yourself in live-scored silent cinema even more, there's the Sheffield Full Festival Pass which includes everything in the Big Weekend plus four more events.