Skye Festival: ‘Son of the Sheik’ Two silent films & a keyboard – 4 August

Friday 04 August 2017
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dihaoine, 4 An Lùnastal, 8f
‘Son of the Sheik’ 1926 – threesilent movies & a keyboard

‘The Son of the Sheik’ (1926, 68 mins) stars Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky. It is a film of passion, betrayal and redemption. Valentino appears as both the father and his son, the passionate desert leader who falls in love with Yasmin, a dancing girl. It is Rudolph Valentino’s last film and he often cited as the ‘silver screens’ greatest lover. This film demonstrates why his reputation is so justly deserved.

We start with two short films: a 10 min archival film of a 1930s visit to the Herbrides by Professor Peacock of Dundee university and a short Buster Keaton film.

Steven Gellatly provides the live music. Ever heard of Harpo Marx? The poor sod lasted just two weeks as a silent film pianist- and it’s no wonder. Harpo only knew two songs which he could rotate, speeding up or slowing down his fingers in hopes of fitting the music to the action on the screen. Steven Gellatly has a few more songs up his sleeve to fit the action.  Scientist by day, composer and pianist by night, he has written and performed live scores for films such as ‘The Lodger’, ‘Nosferatu’, and ‘Sunrise’.

A ‘Pay What You Like’ Event


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