Cambridge Film Festival 2008

A celebration of all things tuneful, this includes features and documentaries with styles ranging from classical to heavy metal.

View other Cambridge Film Festival Films by strand: Boris Karloff: The Face Of Universal Horror, Celebrating Warner Bros., Derek Jarman Remembered, Documentaries, New Features, Polish Cinema, The Films Of Ulrich Seidl

The Last Laugh The Last Laugh
The Last Laugh and Patti Smith: Dream Of Life
Blind Husbands (Country: USA; Year: 1919; Director: Erich von Stroheim; Writer: Lillian Ducey, Erich von Stroheim, Erich von Stroheim; Stars: Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Erich von Stroheim, Gibson Gowland, Fay Holderness, Ruby Kendrick, Valerie Germonprez, Jack Perrin, Richard Cummings, Louis Fitzroy)
Directorial debut of Erich von Stroheim, one of the most celebrated ?lmmakers of the silent era, tells the story of jealousy in a marriage.
Heavy Load (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Jerry Rothwell; Writer: Jerry Rothwell), Official Site, Trailer
On the rocky road with punk band Heavy Load.
Heavy Metal In Baghdad (Country: US, Canada; Year: 2007; Director: Suroosh Alvi, Eddy Moretti; Stars: Firas Al-Lateef, Faisal Talal, Tony Aziz, Marwan Riyak), Official Site, Trailer
Gonzo-style documentary following AcrassicaudA, Iraq's only heavy metal band, through their day to day struggle for freedom.
A Life In The Death Of Joe Meek (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Howard S Berger, Susan Stahman; Stars: Jake Arnott, Mike Berry, Charles Blackwell, Huw Bunford, Clem Cattini, Edwyn Collins, Dennis D'Ell, Robbie Duke, Marc Evans, Bobby Graham, Chas Hodges), Official Site
Documentary about the pioneering record producer.
The Last Laugh (Der Letzte Mann) (Country: Germany; Year: 1924; Director: FW Murnau; Writer: Carl Meyer; Stars: Emil Jannings, Maly Delschaft, Max Hiller, Emilie Kurz, Hans Unterkircher, Hermann Vallentin, Olaf Storm, Georg John, Emmy Wyda)
A hotel doorman suffers the ignominy of being demoted to lavatory attendant.
Heavy Metal In Baghdad Heavy Metal In Baghdad
Heavy Metal In Baghdad and We Dreamed America
One Man In The Band (Country: UK; Year: 2008; Director: Adam Clitheroe)
One-man bands. Showmen, eccentrics, loners. But whatever you do, don’t call them buskers.
Patti Smith: Dream Of Life (Country: US; Year: 2008; Director: Steven Sebring; Writer: Steven Sebring; Stars: Patti Smith), Official Site
Intimate portrait of the icon.
Trip to Asia - Die Suche nach dem Einklang (Country: Germany; Year: 2008; Director: Thomas Grube; Writer: Thomas Grube; Stars: Simon Rattle, Virginie Reibel, Micha Afhkam, Raphael Haeger, Long Yu, Martin Stegner, Daniel Stabrawa, Toru Yasunaga, Albrecht Mayer, Stanley Dodds)
Tracing a tour of Asia by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
We Dreamed America (Country: USA, UK; Year: 2008; Director: Alex Walker; Writer: Felix Bechtolsheimer, Alex Walker; Stars: Alabama 3, The Barker Band, Paul Barrere, The Broken Family Band, Guy Clark, BJ Cole, Robert Fisher, Bob Harris, Daisy & Lewis Kitty, Tom McRae)
Documentary charting the rise of New British Country Music.
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