Classic movies in World’s Smallest Film Festival

Ingird Bergman in the classic Casablanca.

Ingird Bergman in the classic Casablanca.

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Dizzying stunts, sparkling repartee and Humphrey Bogart miserably thumping a table - the inaugural World’s Smallest Film Festival has it all, and it’s all in black-and-white, writes event co-curator Rock Burin.

Across a single day, Rudding Park’s 14-seat cinema will be screening six of the greatest monochrome movies of all time, from Buster Keaton’s whirlwind silent comedy Sherlock, Jr to recent Oscar winner, The Artist.

Also showing are the detective comedy-mystery The Thin Man, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, the classic romance Casablanca, Francois Truffaut’s timeless tale of juvenile delinquency, Les quatre cents coups, and Woody Allen’s Manhattan, which can make a grown news reporter cry.

And there’s grub too, from the hotel’s talented chefs.

The films have been chosen by the Advertiser’s Graham Chalmers and Rick Burin, and are designed to highlight both the beauty of black-and-white film and what good fun it can be. If you’re still not sold, I’ll say this: there’s a bit in Sherlock, Jr where Buster Keaton jumps through a man’s chest.

Tickets for the event on Sunday, July 1 are from £60. Call 01423 871350 to book.