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Cinema 1

Sun 19 Jan at 3pm

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64 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: Certificate PG*
* (General viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children. A PG film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older)
£5 - £12.50**
**Membership, Young Barbican, under-16, student, school, access, group and business discounts apply
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Presented in partnership with the Barbican this programme brings together three superlative early 20th century American slapstick comedies focusing on the home.

In One AM (1916) Charlie Chaplin returns from a night out a little the worse for wear and finds his home transformed into an obstacle course, with a foldaway bed providing the biggest challenge.

One Week (1921) sees Buster Keaton and his new bride presented with their new home in flat-pack form; putting it together produces predictably hilarious results.

The home as a site of destruction reaches its apogee in Big Business (1929) when Laurel and Hardy start a row with a suburban homeowner, leading to gleeful trashing of valuable furniture, priceless objects, even the fabric of the house itself.

These are rarely seen silent classics that have stood the test time.

This screening features live music accompaniment by Jazz students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

The Slapstick Home (12A)

Curated by the Barbican
Presented by LIMF in association with the Barbican

Photo credits:
One AM: Image courtesy of Lobster Films
One Week: Image courtesy of Park Circus/Cohen
Big Business: Image courtesy of Beta Film GmbH