A 1928 film by German director Richard EichbergRegent Cinema – Britain's oldest cinema – was the first place in the country to ever show moving pictures, kickstarting British cinema with a screening of Cinematographe in 1896. Since its reopening in May 2015 the staff have been dedicated to both engaging with the cinemas legacy and ensuring its future, for audiences and filmmakers.
For this one prepare for the screening of German director Richard Eichberg’s 1928 silent classic Song in which Anna May Wong plays the lead. Song, which is Wong’s rarely-shown first European feature, and the first in a line of films by Eichberg for British International Pictures, is a real cross-cultural curio. Set in a constructed multicultural melting pot somewhere east of the Bosphorus, it features the Hollywood icon as Song, who falls for a surly cabaret knife thrower with a suspicious past named Jack. Song’s loyalties are tested and her life thrown into peril when Jack is blinded in a criminal scam.
Silent film pianist Stephen Horne will provide live accompaniment throughout the film, harking back to the original tradition. Silent films were never truly ‘silent’ but rather musicians accompanied the film, often on the piano, and at the height of silent cinema, most musicians in America were employed in cinemas.
Running time: 1 hour 34 minutes.