TSFF Preview: Variety (1925)
Grab your socks ladies and gentlemen, because the 2012 Toronto Silent Film Festival closes with the box office smash of 1925, E.A. Dupont‘s Variety. A masterpiece of German expressionism starring Emil Jannings (because what masterpiece of German expressionism doesn’t star Emil Jannings?), Variety is famous for “the swinging camerman.” This is a rarely screened silent era gem, so be sure to catch it this go round.
As a matter of fact, Variety is so rarely screened that I’ve never seen it. I could recapitulate a synopsis but I won’t. Suffice it say, there’s acrobats, murder, sex, Emil Jannings, and a camera man on a trapeze. ‘Nuff said. This is the movie to come out for (though you should totally come out for all of them) and to miss it would be a tragedy.
Okay, okay… a little teaser. To wet your whistle, here’s a video essay on Variety with commentary by Kristin Thompson, author of The Frodo Franchise and co-author of Film Art: An Introduction and Film History: An Introduction.
Satisfied? Now go secure your tickets from Toronto Film Festival right now!
Musical Interpretation: Laura Silberberg
Tuesday April 3, 2012
8pm (doors open 7:30pm)
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave Toronto
Plus: “Animation from the Lawless Days” The Cameraman’s Revenge 1912 Ladislaw Starewicz
The Force That Through the Green Fire Fuels The Flower 2011 directed by Otto Kylmälä UK/Finland
The Toronto Silent Film Festival Program
March 29 – Our Dancing Daughters
March 30 – Tabu: A Tale of the South Seas
March 31: Blood and Sand
April 1: 1000 LAFFS: Playmates
April 2: The Italian Straw Hat
Posted on March 22, 2012, in Genre, Silent Film and tagged E.A. Dupont, Emil Jannings, german experssionism, silent film, toronto silent film festival, Variety the film. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.