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Matinee Idol (1928)

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Cinema Museum, Lambeth

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Matinee Idol (1928)

Discover a lost silent film by Frank Capra, director of It's A Wonderful Life

"The Bioscope is cinephilia at its best – if you’ve been, you’ll know what I mean. If you haven’t been, you are missing out, and I am about to make you jealous. I can’t let another Bioscope go by without telling you all how amazing it is"

- Pam Hutchins, The Guardian
It's time to take a step back into cinematic history. Long before Frank Capra made the Christmas classic It's A Wonderful Life, there was Matinee Idol. Made in 1928, it was considered one of Capra's "lost" silents, until it was restored. Catch Kennington Bioscope's screening of it at the Cinema Museum. The film followed Don Wilson, a fictional Broadway star, who escapes his overbearing fans for a day in the country with his producers, where they encounter a so-bad-its-funny theatrical troupe. One of the members is Ginger, played Bessie Love, a big star of the '20s. Few cinema experiences are quite as enjoyable and insightful as this one. Runtime: 60 minutes. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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