He Who Gets Slapped


SlappedA strange and beautiful weekend.

We were down in Bristol, seeing some good friends. In one of those marvellous moments, I found myself taking the complimentary tickets of a multi-Oscar-winning animator to see the World Premier of the new score to the 1920’s classic He Who Gets Slapped.

Will Gregory, of Goldfrapp fame, had written the score, which was performed to a projection of the film by the BBC Concert Orchestra, with a little help from Adrian Utley of Portishead and others.

It was brilliant. The emotional depth that music added to the silent film was stunning. And the film is simply brilliant too. Produced in 1924 – MGM’s first production, and thus the first ever use of the lion in the intro – it had some wonderful ‘special effects’, and a rich and complex story about a cheated scientist who becomes a clown. I highly recommend catching it if you get the chance.

A friend and I turned our phones back on afterwards to be greeted with a whole host of missed calls and texts. My daughter had broken her leg. Slap.



One response to “He Who Gets Slapped”

  1. Jenny Brown

    I saw this at QEH last night.
    Just brilliant. The film was incredibly moving and the score was beautiful.
    Very inspired for potential film-programming at gb08!
    PS poor iris 🙁