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