Slapstick Presents

The Italian Job! Rediscovering Italy’s Lost Silent Clowns

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Slapstick’s rediscovery of the year, curated by David Robinson in collaboration with the Nederland Silent Film Festival and Amsterdam’s EYE archive, is a magical moment of silent comedy till today ignored by film historians. 

The newly booming Italian film industry saw the appeal of comedy, and recruited comedians from circus, music hall and the streets. With names like Cretinetti, Polidor, Kri Kri, between 1909 and the disruption of World War I, they made films of brilliance and sophistication that will still amaze and enchant new audiences. Watch a selection of these rare films live online hosted by film historian David Robinson with live piano accompaniment by Daan van den Hurk. 

Tickets :

  • Virtual Admission £6

If you can afford to, please book this ticket, our usual rate; this allows us to help run the festival, provide the content and make ends meet during these challenging times.

  • Slapstick Champion £10

This rate, if you have the means, will help support Slapstick and our ongoing programme along with subsidising concession tickets, for those who otherwise could not afford to attend.

  • Young Person Pass ages 16-29 £3

 Continuing our efforts to encourage younger audiences to discover the screen comedy greats of the past

  • Covid Impact Pass £3

We know these times are exceptional, so this special low price is for those on low or no pay due to the pandemic!

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With Special Thanks to Elif Rongen, EYE archive and Nederland Silent Film Festival.