In celebration of their new Buster Keaton mural and the season of celebration, Kent MOMI presents ‘Winter Warmers’ – five weeks of silent comedy delights.
The screenings will average 1 hour 50 minutes. Treats to round off the feast will include mulled wine and hot punches, classic cocktails by Dr. Natasha and small seasonal hot pastries. Wine, beer and soft drinks are also available.
Doors open at 5:30pm and the programme commences at 6:30pm sharp.
Screenings are free to Kent MOMI yearly ticket holders, but a £5 donation is suggested to help us keep the lights on. Museum tickets can be bought at the door and are valid for a year.
Friday 17 November 2023 – Chaplin: Before and Becoming the Tramp
The season begins with Chaplin: Before and Becoming the Tramp, featuring shorts by the Frenchman Max Linder (Chaplin’s “Professor”), Mack Sennett and the Keystone Corp., “Fatty” Arbuckle, and Charlie Chaplin – up to and including the “birth” of the Tramp, in 1914.
Friday 24 November 2023 – Chaplin: Triumph of the Tramp
In week two are three more films under the heading Chaplin: Triumph of the Tramp.
Friday 1 December 2023 – Rival Clowns and Other Chaplins
Featuring Chaplin impersonators of 1916-18, collaborators, cartoon rivals, and inheritors, like the gentle and sometimes great Harry Langdon, in his Chaplinesque but very different Three’s a Crowd (1927).
Friday 8 December 2023 – Harold Lloyd: American Everyman
He found the spectacles, then found the character: short film(s) trace the arc of “the boy”’s career through to his most daring high-wire act, Safety Last! (1923).
Friday 15 December 2023 – The Genius of Buster Keaton
The final week features shorts including One Week (1920), the brilliant but less-known Seven Chances (1925), as well as some lesser-known but stunning one-reelers and a short feature (tbc).