Kings of Silent Comedy

Thu-16-Nov 7pm

– with live musical accompaniment –

Breathe Arts Health Research & Medicinema at St Thomas’ Hospital present The Lucky Dog Picturehouse for an evening of short comedies with live musical accompaniment, beginning in 1898 and taking us all the way to the roaring 1920s. You will see some of the very earliest examples of camera trickery from ‘Grandfather of special effects’ Georges Méliès, as well as films from kings of comedy Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

This live music and film event is free for Guy’s and St Thomas’ patients and staff. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Some of the featured films:

The Lucky Dog
(1921, Dir. Jess Robbins)
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy make their debut as a comedy team in this hilarious short comedy. Laurel plays a penniless but big hearted young man, befriended by a stray pup. The two soon get in to trouble when they bump in to crook Hardy and try to win the affection of a beautiful young lady.

One Week
(1920, Dir. Buster Keaton)

Starring Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely, One Week sees Keaton suffering all the trials and tribulations of home DIY as he and his young wife attempt to build a house by numbers. A great one for anyone who has ever tried to build anything from IKEA!

About the musicians:
The Lucky Dog Picturehouse is a group of musicians and composers, dedicated to recreating the original cinematic experience. They show silent films with live original soundtracks, tipping their hat to the music of the time. Since its inception, TLD has performed at some of London’s leading arts venues, including BFI Southbank, London Comedy Film Festival (LOCO) and Wilton’s Music Hall, and garnered praise from experts and critics alike for their entertaining and affecting scores.

“The Lucky Dog Picturehouse have a rare ability to enchant both expert audiences and children seeing silents for the first time”
Jonathan Wakeham LOCO festival (London Comedy Festival)

This performance will take place in the following location

St Thomas’ Hospital - Medicinema