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Sat 25 Apr 2015, 2:00pm–4:45pm

Where: The Hollywood Avondale, 20 St Georges Road, Avondale, Auckland

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $25.00

To open our year, for this ANZAC Day event, we are bringing Melbourne’s John Atwell over to present our small tribute to the on-going commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1.

We have had many fun afternoons of music with John Atwell over the years as he has performed alongside an Auckland based 1920s Dance Band, piano, trumpet and vocalist… Now a new dimension as John accompanies a great classic from the silent movie era.

"Wings" is a 1927 American silent war film set during the First World War produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen, and Gary Cooper appears in a role which helped launch his career in Hollywood.

The film, a romantic action-war picture, was acclaimed for its technical prowess and realism upon release, the film became the yardstick against which future aviation films were measured, mainly because of its realistic air-combat sequences. It went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Picture at the first annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award ceremony in 1929, the only silent film to do so.

Before the days of sound movies, we had the 'silents'. These motion pictures were brought to life, first by costly orchestras and then in the 1920s, by the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. See and hear how the Wurlitzer organ brings the silent movie to life through the power of music!

The program includes a “play-in” by the Wurlitzer organ from 1.30pm.

Tickets on sale at the door on the day from 1:15pm. For more info, contact James on (09) 525 7067.

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