Running Time: 90 Minutes | Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: The Leading Lady of Film Comedy with The Picture House Audience Orchestra.Everyone knows Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, but where are the women in silent film comedy? The trailblazing Mabel Normand - who starred in 167 shorts and 23 features - gets her long-overdue moment in the spotlight in our Slapstick Weekend.Mabel Norman was the irrepressible spirit of early Hollywood, an extraordinary performer from the anarchic days of Mack Sennett's Keystone company to the refined comedies of the 1920s. The first lady of silent comedy, she directed her own films, ran her own production company and worked with the best - including Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and a young Oliver Hardy. But make no mistake: Mabel was always the star.The Marvellous Mabel Normand: Leading Lady of Film Comedy is a package of four short films from the BFI National Archive, including Mabel's Blunder (1914), Mabel's Dramatic Career (1913), His Trysting Place (1914) and Should Men Walk Home? (1927). The screening features a newly commissioned score by The Meg Morley Trio.You, the audience, will have the opportunity to join and help us to create the soundtrack to one of the shorts! No musical knowledge or experience necessary, we'll provide the instruments and guide you through! All are welcome to join us the day before (see Friday's listings) to make musical instruments to play along.These events are made possible by Comedy Genius, a celebration of comedy on screen, led by BFI, the Independent Cinema Office and BFI Film Audience Network, supported by funds from the National Lottery.