Here’s a fascinating opportunity to take this evening – a screening of a restored version of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent comedy Champagne, streamed live online by the BFI this evening with a new score by the award winning Mira Calix.
The 1928 movie starred “British Mary Pickford” Betty Balfour and has long been considered one of the maverick director’s worst movies. Following its original release Variety dismissed Champagne, the reviewer feeling that “The story is of the weakest, an excuse for covering 7,000 feet of harmless celluloid with legs and close-ups”.
Below is our email from the BFI:
Developed by Arts Council England in partnership with the BBC, The Space provides an online window onto the wealth of cultural experiences being offered this summer as part of the London 2012 Festival, the wider Cultural Olympiad and beyond. Available free via the internet, smartphones and connected TV, The Space is bringing the best of an extraordinary summer of arts directly to people’s homes and handsets.
Champagne will be streamed live during the event at the BFI Southbank, accompanied by the premiere performance of a new score for the film by award-winning composer, Mira Calix.