Silent Night: The Marvellous Mabel Normand
Silent Night is BACK with a long overdue celebration of the original funny lady Mabel Normand with a live score performed by the Meg Morley Trio.
Mabel Normand was the irrepressible spirit of early Hollywood, an extraordinary performer from the anarchic days of Mack Sennett’s Keystone company to the more polished comedies of the 1920s. As an actor, producer and director she worked with the best: in this selection of short films we see her with Mack Sennett, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and a young Oliver Hardy – but make no mistake, Normand’s the star here.
Join us at Birmingham Cathedral for a glass of mulled wine, some impressive live music and a charming look back at this female icon of the silent era.
Doors: 8pm / Film 8.30pm
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This performance will be preceded by a screening of Ernst Lubitsch's Christmas classic The Shop Around The Corner at 4ppm.
USA 1913 - 1927, 78 mins