As part of “Toujours Culture!”: 6 x silent films from July 25th to September 5th, 2020 

The region of Baden-Württemberg and the city of Karlsruhe have approved the projects of Kinemathek Karlsruhe, dokka, Pride Pictures and the Karlsruhe Silent Film Festival. We thank you!
The silent film screenings begin on Saturday 25 July with a slapstick program. Charles Chaplin, Mabel Normand, Fatty Arbuckle are the stars of the films that date from 1914 to 1916. Really old cinema!
“The Wildcat” by Ernst Lubitsch will follow on Saturday, August 1st. At the opening of the Silent Film Festival 2019, the audience celebrated film and musicians with ovations, for which the short breaks between the individual acts were also used. Now Pola Negri as rickshaw robber’s daughter is also a special experience.
It continues on Saturday, August 8th with a “Fantastic Night”, in which we will show wonderful hand-colored films by Segundo de Chomon, Gaston Velle, Ferdinand Zecca and Georges Meliès, including “The Journey to the Moon”. Early cinema as we can hardly imagine it!

On Saturday, August 15th we can show the newly restored film “The Wax Figure Cabinet” by Paul Leni; a material that subsequently developed into one of the classic horror film classics. Ivan the Terrible, Harun Al Raschid and Jack the Ripper are the characters in this episode film. Paul Leni guarantees opulent visual stimuli!
Another horror film classic is on the program on August 22nd: “Nosferatu” by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau. No need to explain the plot. We will see how Murnau visualized the horror with images that are now part of the collective memory.
At the end of the silent film summer, on September 5th we will present “The Pandora’s Box”, a film adaptation of the drama by Frank Wedekind, with a Louise Brooks, who shows a very modern erotic; a femme fatale that ruined numerous men until its own demise. A key film of the modern cinema by Georg Wilhelm Pabst.
As always, all films are musically accompanied by local, regional and national musicians and ensembles: the Karlsruhe Improvisation Ensemble will be there; Reiko Emura and Shinichi Minami, Günter Buchwald and Frank Bockius, Andreas Benz and finally Sabine Zimmer with her Trio Transformer.

All silent film screenings will take place in the Substage hall and begin at 8.30 p.m., so that we can start relatively early in the evening and the fickle Central European weather cannot spoil our plans. There will be open air concerts by the co-organizers.
Ticket sales take place online, together with the other organizers of “Toujours Kultur!” (please click) at Due to the coronavirus, we had to raise the entrance prices slightly; they amount to 11.00 euros and a reduced rate of 7.00 euros. In addition, there is the pre-sale fee of 10% of the entry price.

Here is the link to the entire festival on (please copy into the browser).

Further information on the individual events can be found here on this website in the “Calendar program” (one level up), but also on Facebook.