Silents-wise, this screening is surely the highlight of the BFI Love season: Frank Borzage’s gorgeously romantic Seventh Heaven (1927), with a brand new score by KT Tunstall, Mara Carlyle and Max de Wardener.
Seventh Heaven is a classic from the golden years of Hollywood silent cinema, with unforgettable performances by Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell as star-crossed lovers in a gritty, but somehow still beautiful Paris. Back in 1927 Mordaunt Hall was moved to laughter and tears by this film, saying: “It is obvious that this subject was admirably suited to the screen, but it should also be said that Frank Borzage in directing this production has given to it all that he could put through the medium of the camera.”
It’s true. There is more emotion in 10 minutes of this weepie than most entire films, so this live music event should be unforgettably immersive. Here’s what the BFI has to say about the event:
Sonic Cinema has teamed up with the formidable talents of British musical powerhouses KT Tunstall, Mara Carlyle and composer Max de Wardener to present a brand new BFI-commissioned score to Borzage’s classic. Perhaps the most sublimely lyrical of all the silent-era romances, this tale of transformational love sees Charles Farrell’s sewage worker and Janet Gaynor’s street waif rise above poverty and war to be together. Martin Scorsese’s observation that Borzage’s films unfold in ‘lover’s time’ was never more apt, and the tender emotions Borzage captures build to an unforgettable, transcendental climax.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Welcome to the seventh and FINAL part of our silent-movie emoji quiz, the most popular silent-cinema picture puzzle in my postcode.
What do you reckon to our final five? Easy? Even the last one?
Well, if you think you have worked out all 35 titles, send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you could be crowned the winner of this hotly contested competition. And who knows if there might not be a prize in it for you too?
The emoji quiz is nearly over, but don’t be sad. Get your thinking cap on instead, and riddle five more emoji-puzzles to be in with a chance of being the winner!
I’ll post five more puzzles tomorrow and then, if you have cracked all 35 or almost all of them, send me the titles to email@example.com. You might become the official silent film emoji champion, which is surely a title to be coveted.
Your morning commute will fly by if you spend it puzzling out these five silent film titles expressed using emojis. Won’t it? Welcome to part five of the quiz.
If you have all of them right so far, you’ll have 20 answers and when you’ve dealt with these, you will have 25. Wait until you have cracked all 35 puzzles and then send me the movie titles, in order, to firstname.lastname@example.org to win internet fame and adulation! Or something.
Part four! That means we are at the halfway point. Still confident? Then proceed …
I’ve come up with 35 silent movie titles expressed as emojis and I am posting five of them every day for a week. If you have worked them out, or you think you have, send your answers to email@example.com and you might just find your efforts are rewarded!
Welcome to part three of our emoji picture quiz. How are you getting on so far?
I am posting five emoji chains every day for seven days, making 35 puzzles in total. If you can work out all 35 silent movie titles, or you think you can, send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and fame (and possibly a pressie) could be yours!
It’s part two of our emoji picture quiz! I’ll post five picture puzzles every day for seven days, making 35 brainteasers in total. If you can work out all 35 silent movie titles, or you think you can, send your answers to email@example.com and glory (and possibly a prize) will be yours!
This is fairly self-explanatory – a bit of fun every day for the next week, inspired by my friend Scott Jordan Harris. Can you guess the name of these silent movies, rendered into picture code emoji-style? I’ll post five every day for seven days, and if you can guess all 35, or you think you can, send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and internet glory will be yours. I will see if I can rustle up a prize!
Say what you see – some of them are definitely trickier than others …