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Risque film showcased at the Curzon Soho

Published: Wednesday 10th of December 2008

A top central London cinema is to showcase fascinating examples from the formative years of risque filmmaking this month.

From December 12th to 14th the Curzon Soho will host The Smoking Cabinet: A Festival of Early Burlesque and Cabaret Cinema (1894-1933), which will include screenings of some of the important works from this period.

As the cinema itself says, the event will celebrate "an exotic array of films that epitomise the flair, eroticism and joie de vivre of burlesque, fin de siecle follies, the machine age and modernist cabaret."

A highlight will be a late-night, live-scored screening of the silent classic Piccadilly (1929), which will be preceded by live events in the cinema bar from 20:30.

Named after the place where Edwardian gentlemen went to enjoy short films deemed too racy for polite company, the festival follows a successful series of similar events held last year.

LondonPass holders can gain free admission to the Curzon Soho for all screenings on Monday to Thursday (except bank holidays) and Friday to Sunday (and bank holidays) for performances starting before 17:00.

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