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Sunday 7 April 4.00pm
Laurel & Hardy + Charlie Chaplin
£10.00 (Under 16 £5.00) including tea & cake

Silent Film Comedy 80" mins | cert U]

Live music by Jonny Best piano

An afternoon of silent film slapstick with live musical accompaniment. The films include Easy Street, in which Charlie Chaplin decides to become a policeman in the roughest district in town, and Laurel and Hardy in Angora Love - in which they unwittingly adopt a runaway goat.

Sunday 28 April 7.30pm
Pandora's Box
£14.00 (concessions £12.00 | full time students £5.00) including 1920s themed cocktails

GW Pabst | 1929 | Germany 136" + interval | cert PG

Live music by Liz Hanks cello and Jonny Best piano

One of the great silent films, renowned for its sensational storyline, sparkling Weimarperiod setting and the iconic star Louise Brooks as Lulu, a spirited but innocent showgirl whose sexual magnetism wreaks havoc on the lives of men and women alike. Controversial in its day, then underappreciated for decades, Pandora's Box now stands as an incredibly modern movie and few stars of any era dazzle as brightly as Louise Brooks.

Sunday 9 June 7.30pm
Ghosts and Whispers
£14.00 (concessions £12.00 | full time students £5.00) including ghost-themed cocktails

Clare Hammond piano with film by the Brothers Quay

Fragments of music and film combine in this elegiac sequence of movements by composers from Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre to Stravinsky, interlaced with pieces from John Woolrich's Pianobook series. A specially-designed new film by the iconic Brothers Quay is composed of unused fragments from their earlier works. Together, they produce a mesmeric, hour-long immersion in a world of shadows and illusions. Acclaimed as a pianist of 'amazing power and panache' (The Telegraph), Clare Hammond is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances. A mainstay of British animation for forty years, the Quays' individual style has been hugely influential and much imitated.


Thanks to support from Arts Council England, the NCEM is now able to show films which support its year-round music programme.

The NCEM has a strong partnership with the Yorkshire Film Archive and the internationally recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF).