This effort is the most ‘Hollywood’ score the BSFO has created yet, a plush musical carpet for The Man Who Laughs’s emotional high and lows.
For the past decade, Jeff Rapsis has improvised live scores for silent films starring Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, and Douglas Fairbanks.
A rare opportunity to see — on the big screen — a film starring Boston-born silent comedian Raymond Griffith, a master of the debonair pratfall.
Varieté will be the tenth score composed by a Sheldon Mirowitz class and played by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra.
Jean Epstein’s body of work is full of pleasures and surprises: this vigorous director broke ground for filmmakers and cinematic movements to come.
“Blancanieves” is not quite as charming as “The Artist,” but it’s less of a parlor trick, more sincerely a work of true silent cinema, 85 years after the dawn of sound.
As the Occupy and Tea Party movements attest, this is a time in America of social action and political upheaval -– not to the degree that we see in “Battleship Potemkin,” but significant nonetheless –- and this classic silent film has resonance today in that regard.
I had written Martin Scorsese off, and never expected he had a “Hugo” in him. That he did is the among the touching things in this film.
Thought to be lost, the only existing print of NATHAN THE WISE was discovered in Moscow in 1996. The Coolidge Corner Theater is screening a tinted and beautifully restored version of the film, with an original score by Aaron Trant performed live by the After Quartet.
It is really very much of its time and place, its particular moment in history. The social revolution of the 20s, the new freedoms for “modern” women, the flapper phenomenon, and the challenges to the class structure in urban 20th century America are among the issues in this 1927 silent comedy. By Bill Marx The […]