PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Pamela Hutchinson, programmer of In the Eyes of a Silent Star: The Films of Asta Nielsen.
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A conversation with Pamela Hutchinson, programmer of a retrospective on Danish silent film star Asta Nielsen, which will take place at BFI Southbank on February 3-March 15, 2022. The retrospective will take place theatricall and is titled In the Eyes of a Silent Star: The Films of Asta Nielsen. In this conversation, Hutchinson shares more info about Nielsen and the films that will be screened as part of this retrospective, and shares her thoughts on silent films in a contemporary world.
In the Eyes of a Silent Star – The Films of Asta Nielsen: A retrospective celebrating the vibrant career of Danish star of silent cinema Asta Nielsen, a performer with boundless range, unique sensitivity and unforgettably hypnotic eyes. Taking place at BFI Southbank from 3 February – 15 March, the season is programmed by film historian and writer Pamela Hutchinson and will showcase Nielsen’s incredible career, from early work such as her debut in the erotic melodrama The Abyss (Urban Gad, 1911), to her androgynous portrayal of the Danish prince in Hamlet (Svend Gade, 1921), through to her final dramatic film role, and first talkie, Impossible Love (Erich Waschneck, 1932). The season will launch on 3 February with a talk – The abc of Asta Nielsen – in which season curator Pamela Hutchinson will present an illustrated lecture on Nielsen’s life and incredible career, before she is joined by a panel of experts including the BFI’s curator of silent film, Bryony Dixon, to examine Nielsen’s performance, stardom and significance in depth.