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The Seashell and the Clergyman

THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN: Germaine Dulac, France 1928. 39mins.

Widely recognised as the first surrealist film, The Seashell and the Clergyman is a complex, controversial and multi-layered film directed by Germaine Dulac, from an original scenario by Antonin Artaud. The BBFC famously banned the film stating “If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable”.


The Fall of the House of Usher

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER: Jean Epstein, France 1928. 65mins.

Jean Epstein & Luis Bunuel’s 1928 interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of paranoia and suspense. Polish-born director Jean Epstein was heavily influenced by French Impressionism, as well as the conventions of German Expressionism. The Fall of the House of Usher is a……

The Passion of Joan of Arc

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC: Carl Th. Dreyer, France 1928. 78mins.

The Passion of Joan of Arc is considered one of the best silent films ever made.

Rene Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film, as the young maiden who died for God and France. The original version of the film was……

A Page of Madness

A PAGE OF MADNESS: Teinosuke Kinugasa, JP 1927. 60mins.

IN THE NURSERY’s score incorporates the latest music technology with traditional Japanese instrumentation and percussion.

“A fascinating and unique glimpse of Japanese silent film. Using no inter-titles to relay his disturbing tale, Kinugasa relies solely on
visual invention – ‘expressionistic’ camera angles, penetrating close-ups and super-impositions. This startling……

Electric Edwardians

ELECTRIC EDWARDIANS: Mitchell & Kenyon, GB 1901-1907. 90mins.

A unique social document of life in working class England between 1900-1913, comprising the third largest collection of non-fiction archive films in the world.

Available in multiple formats, the programme features a specially commissioned score from In The Nursery whose music blends electronica with classical arrangements and orchestral overtones.


Hindle Wakes

HINDLE WAKES: Maurice Elvey, GB 1927. 115 mins.

Set during ‘wakes week’ in a Lancashire mill town Hindle Wakes is based on the vivid and controversial play by Stanley Houghton. Its tale of a strong minded girl and families in crisis shocked the establishment and remains a fascinating insight to the times and morals of the……

Man with a Movie Camera

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MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA: Dziga Vertov, USSR 1929. 65mins.

Take one of the most extraordinary pieces of film-making and add the distinctive live sounds of Sheffield-based band IN THE NURSERY. Possibly the most innovative movie ever made, Vertov’s classic is a montage of Moscow life showing the people of the city at work and at……


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ASPHALT: Joe May, Germany 1929. 94mins.

ASPHALT was one of the last great German Expressionist Films of the 1920’s. The spectacular sets designed by Eric Kettlehut and the photography of Gunther Rittau are a revelation.

In The Nursery’s moving score combines classical arrangements, evocative electronic keyboards & rapturous grooves. Like the film, it is both seductive and……

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI: Robert Wienne, Germany 1919. 77mins.

IN THE NURSERY present a distinct and modern accompaniment, a mixture of hypnotic and subliminal sound textures,
inspired by the film’s startling expressionistic imagery, distorted symbolism and bizarrely-angled design.

“In The Nursery’s intuitive grasp of sound and powerful sense of drama has imbued ‘The Cabinet of Dr……

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