Free Movies on Macquarie
Enjoy free movies from the extensive film and documentary collection of the State Library of New South Wales. The movies are screened regularly on Thursdays at 12.00 in the Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing.
Movies or dates may be subject to change. Up to date information can be found on our website or by calling our bookings officer on 9273 1770.
Videos screened are available for viewing in the State Reference Library or for viewing in your local library through interlibrary loan.
Thursday 4 June 2015, 12.00 PM
Sunday 14 June 2015, 2.00 PM
TCM Jay Carr “The Silent Enemy (1930) not only seems influenced by Robert Flaherty's milestone docudrama, Nanook of the North (1922); it is in several important respects a companion piece to it, unfolding on much the same turf. While Nanook depicted the lives of Inuits living north of the ever-shifting tree line of Canada's Hudson Bay region, The Silent Enemy is a serious attempt to depict Ojibwa Indians living below that same line in Quebec and northern Ontario before their lives were forever changed by Caucasian incursions. Given the film's respect for their tribal life and ways, it's perhaps the first revisionist Western, before the genre veered off into depicting Native Americans as target practice for cowboys and colonizing armies. It is, in short, a major rediscovery.“
This event is part of the Silent Film Festival series.