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London International Mime Festival: The Slapstick Home at the Barbican

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Time 15:00
Date 19/01/20
Price £13.1

A trio of superlative, rarely seen, early 20th century silent American slapstick classics focusing on the home, that have most certainly stood the test time.

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.

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