MIDWEEK MATINEE

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Silent movie news – is there even such a thing? Surprisingly the answer is yes.
 
New silent films are still being made, particularly by young and experimental film-makers. Every modern phone comes with a perfectly decent camera, but good sound equipment is still the preserve of the specialist. Some film-makers choose to learn their craft by starting with silent narrative, and attitude fostered by educators at filmbase.ie and elsewhere.

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Old silent films are still being presented, often with live accompaniment by the likes of our friends 3EPKANO and Eoin Mac Ionmhain. Modern soundtracks for silents are all about impact. Rinky-dink piano is out. Drums, guitar, glockenspiel and home-made instruments are in. When you see someone get off a bus with a tuba in one hand and a large saw in the other, you know there’s a film on.

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Poster of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis

Most surprisingly of all, old silent films are still being discovered. Fritz Lang’s Metropolis is now all but complete, after generations of film-goers made do with half a movie. Who knows what other classics are lurking in the attics and barns of Yukon, Copenhagen and Cloughjordan?

 Rex Directing Rudolph
Rex Ingram Directing Rudolph Valentino on the set of Four Horsemen of the Appocalpse

Well, you’ll know. Every Wednesday the Nenagh Silent Film Festival blog will feature news and opinion from the world of silent film. Expect new shorts, old classics and everything in between. We’ll begin next week with a look at our local idol Rex Ingram. Till then, send any requests, suggestions, anecdotes or advice to the usual address.

— Kevin McGee, Programme Director

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Why Nenagh – Tourism Spot: Food & Drink

Food & Drink

So what has Nenagh town got to offer? In today’s Monday tourism post we are going to focus on food & drink. There are a wide range of bar/restaurants that can be found in this thriving urban setting. To begin with there is main local hotel, The Abbey Court Hotel, where you can find the Abbot’s Steakhouse and Abbot’s Bar – a welcome release after a long journey. On the main streets there is also the Hibernian Inn Guesthouse Bar/Restuarant – a comfortable setting in the heart of town, Cinnamon Alley – Delicious food, friendly atmosphere and good service, Country Choice – One of Ireland’s Best known food establishments, The Pantry Cafe – Passionate About Food, Peppermill Restaurant & Wine Bar – fresh modern European food using only the finest produce combined with an interesting selection of worldwide wines. These are just a selection of the many, many fine food restaurants that are found in and around Nenagh town and there are many more besides.

Location Map

Next week we’ll be looking at a select number of public houses around Nenagh, so if you want you’re favourite haunt included, please Contact Us and Leave a Comment! Furthermore, if you want your favourite Food & Drink Establishment from around the Nenagh areas to be included in this Post, also please Contact Us!

Charlie’s Sunday Quote

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All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.~ Charlie Chaplin

A Charlie Snippet

Don’t forget to Join Us  and follow us at nenaghsilentfilmfestival.wordpress.com and receive a Nenagh Silent Film Festival update on a regular basis. We Love Silent Film  and we want to keep the memories of the Silent Film Greats like Rex Ingram, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton, Keystone Kops, etc Alive, so come ‘n and Join Us. We want to see You on our Supporters List!

 

Join Us

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Come on and Join Us! Click this link, fill in your details and see your name on our Supporters Page, plus you will be automatically entered into our draw for one of our festival jackets. We need as many supporters as we can gather, but also, if you want to volunteer for the Nenagh Silent Film Festival, we’d be delighted to have you! So Lights, Camera, JOIN US!

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How in movies does anyone getting out of a taxi manage to pull their exact fare out of their pocket without even checking it?

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Join Us

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Come on and Join Us! Click this link, fill in your details and see your name on our Supporters Page, plus you will be automatically entered into our draw for one of our festival jackets. We need as many supporters as we can gather, but also, if you want to volunteer for the Nenagh Silent Film Festival, we’d be delighted to have you! So Lights, Camera, JOIN US!

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How in movies does anyone getting out of a taxi manage to pull their exact fare out of their pocket without even checking it?

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