Silent cinema

The Wit and Wisdom of A.A. Milne

+ intro by Bryony Dixon, BFI Curator

A triple bill of rare A. A. Milne films from the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Image from The Wit and Wisdom of A.A. Milne + intro by Bryony Dixon, BFI Curator

With live piano accompaniment
Total runtime 77min
35mm
Certificate Advised PG
BFI National Archive prints

Most of us know the stories and poems of A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh. Here is a rare chance to experience more of his unique humour in two silent comedies made a century ago, playing alongside the first film Lotte Reiniger made in England, illustrating Milne’s poem ‘The King’s Breakfast’.

The Bump
UK 1920. Dir Adrian Brunel. With C Aubrey Smith, Faith Celli. 28min
A famous explorer gets lost in London.

+ Bookworms
UK 1920. Dir Adrian Brunel. With Leslie Howard, Pauline Johnson. 27min
A young man leaves a love letter in a zealously guarded girl’s library book.

+ The King’s Breakfast
UK 1937. Dir Lotte Reiniger. 11min
A king demands butter for his royal slice of bread.