‘The Last Laugh’ panel discussion with Claire Crowther: report and video

Watch the video here.

The audience perusing the exhibits
The audience perusing the exhibits

To celebrate the launch of Claire Crowther’s silent film-inspired book Silents, Hercules Editions, in collaboration with the Cinema Museum, organised a screening of FW Murnau’s famous silent film The Last Laugh. The event took place on Saturday 1 August 2015, and attracted a packed audience of over 50 film-and-poetry lovers, who were free to wander the exhibits before settling into the atmospheric auditorium. Prior to the screening, Claire Crowther and fellow poet and film buff Simon Barraclough took part in a panel discussion about The Last Laugh and silent film in general with BFI curator Bryony Dixon, an expert in the genre. Many thought provoking points were raised, and half way through Claire even found inspiration for a new poem. If you’re interested in hearing what the panel said, there’s a video of their discussion on YouTube here. And if you want to know more about the film and the speakers, read the flyer, reproduced below (click to see it larger). We also recommend keeping an eye on future events at the wonderful Cinema Museum, whose website you’ll find here.

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