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and Sutcliffe in order to remain morally aloof."

Other festival highlights include a lecture by music impresario and artist Bill Drummond, of KLF fame, on the Life and Death of an Artist.

Clinical anatomist and TV star Professor Alice Roberts will select works from the University's Special Collections for The Art of Anatomy.

At the heart of the programme is Conversation Pieces, an inter-disciplinary series of talks that brings together leading academics, artists and scientists.

Prof Carl Chinn will also give a talk called Back to Back and Up the Yard: Life and Death in Back-Street Birmingham 1880-1960 which will be free to attend on Friday, March 21 from 1-2pm in the Arts Building - Lecture Room 7, at the University of Birmingham (Edgbaston campus).

Booking is essential - email

THE University of Birmingham's Arts and Science Festival runs from from March 16-23. For full festival listings, visit: or telephone 0121 414 3344 for details.

THE festival will also include the screening of some rare short films dating back to 1900s.

The Phono-Cinema-Theatre event at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts will showcase what it was like to enjoy the first taste of sound cinema.

Back in 1900 they were part of the Paris Universelle Exposition which lured 50 million visitors to see the Eiffel Tower - and attractions like these films.

Every day the Phono-Cinema-Theatre had 41 screenings.

One of them featured a 4ft 6ins Englishman called Harry Relph, better known as a clown called Little Tich whose monicker led to the slang term "titchy".

Another star to look out for is Carlotta Zambelli, whose clips include the pizzicato variation from Sylvia.

There are nine ballet films (though more than half are novelty acts from the music hall days) and footage of renowned teacher and ballet star Jeanne Chasles (whose solo from the 1899 ballet Le Cygne is included).

Many of the films are in tainted colour and have been restored thanks to a collaboration between Gaumont Pathe archives, La Cinematheque Francaise, and sound-recording expert Henri Chamoux.

The material with no sound will be accompanied by a live trio led by pianist and arranger John Sweeney.

The special pavilion featured the then current stars of theatre and variety, including Sarah Bernhardt's Hamlet and a can-can by Gabrielle Rejane captured on film with original sound thanks to an ingenious gramophone system.

The UK premiere is being presented in partnership between the Barber Institute and the University of Birmingham's Cultural Engagement team. It will be held at 3pm on Sunday, March 23, from 3pm. Tickets PS12 / PS9.


Prof Lisa Downing, will be giving a 45-minute talk Dying for Sex and (inset) late pop star Michael Hutchence
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