The Arnolfini to screen a selection of classic films from 1922

The Arnolfini to screen a selection of classic films from 1922

Posted on: 31 Mar 2022

As part of the Bristol Ideas’ 2022 series ‘Modernism 1922’, the Arnolfini team will be presenting landmark films with live musical accompaniment.


Over the next three months, the Bristol gallery will show three landmark films from the year 1922.


Head to the gallery website now to book your tickets.



Sherlock Holmes (1922) | Sunday 3 April


Kicking off ‘Modernism 1922’ is one of the key titles in the slew of film adaptations detailing the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth. Adapted from a massively popular stage production, the great John Barrymore stars as Holmes himself.


Live accompaniment comes from Stephen Horne.

Oliver Twist (1922) | Sunday 1 May


Frank Lloyd’s stunning adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous tale was believed lost for decades before being rediscovered in Yugoslavia in the 1970s. The silent gem stars Jackie Coogan (fresh from his stunning debut in Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid) as Oliver.


Live accompaniment comes from Meg Morley.

When Knighthood Was In Flower (1922) | Sunday 5 June


A huge commercial success, the 1922 classic was a super-production for Cosmopolitan Pictures that established Marion Davies as a certified Hollywood star. Newly restored with a recorded score from Ben Model, the film tells the story of Mary Tudor – sister of Henry VIII.

A tribute to Kevin Jackson (author of Constellation of Genius: 1922: Modernism and All That Jazz), ‘Modernism 1922’ explores film, literature, music, and politics from 100 years ago. 1922 was a vital year culturally, it was the year F. Scott Fitzgerald chose as a backdrop for The Great Gatsby; The Wasteland and Ulysses were published; Alfred Hitchcock directed his first film and jazz began to explode.


The project is part of Bristol Ideas, a local partnership organisation that explores the key issues and ideas through the arts and science. Collaboration is key to Bristol Ideas’ projects, which include the creation and renewal of cultural organisations; art and heritage projects; and festivals. Head to their website to find out more.


To book your ticket for one (or more) of these screenings and to find out more about what’s coming up at Arnolfini, visit the gallery website now.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.