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TIFF 2019 14.-20. januar



14.-20. januar 2019

Program 2018

Nancy (Louise Brooks) kills her abusive stepfather and tries to flee from the law and leave the country. Dressed as a man and accompanied by a vagabond named Jim (Richard Arlen), Nancy heads for Canada. Together they face the harsh reality and struggles of hobo life. Things get dangerous when they encounter a group of ragged and violent drifters led by Oklahoma Red (Wallace Beery). In a high-speed runaway drama cutting through the American continent in freight trains and stolen cars, with romantic as well as threatening undertones, three of the great stars of the silent film era give some of their best performances.

BEGGARS OF LIFE is an intense and entertaining story about oppressed and desperate people on a dangerous journey through the dark underworld of pre-depression America. All aspects of his rollercoaster of a story are enhanced by the live soundtrack, composed and performed by skiffle/bluegrass combo The Dodge Brothers, together with silent film pianist Neil Brand.

Note: Tickets to this screening can only be purchased with credit/debit card or cash, not TIFF value cards. Price: NOK 250,- 

The Dodge Brothers are renowned for playing the hell out of classic Americana with their exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle. Firmly rooted in these traditions, The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping wherever they go, now also Tromsø.

Neither brothers nor from Dodge City, the band consists of Mike Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji (rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion). Cinematic landscapes come to life when this potent musical brew joins forces with virtuous silent film pianist Neil Brand, AKA The Fifth Dodge Brother, a previous guest at Silent Film Days in Tromsø. These musicians and this film can only be described as a match made in heaven.


William A. Wellman
Benjamin Glazer, Jim Tully (story)
Henry W. Gerrard
Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen
Run time: 
1 hour 23 min
Jesse L. Lasky, Adolph Zukor
Age rating: 
Director info: 

American William A. Wellman (1896-1975) was a decorated war hero from the Lafayette Flying Corps during WW1. He started out as an actor, but went on to work behind the camera. Wellman directed over 80 films, among them WINGS, which was the first film to win the award for Best Picture at the 1st Academy Awards ceremony in 1927.