Inspired by University organist Annette Richards’ idea to do a screening of Faust in Sage Chapel on Halloween, Cornell Cinema is launching what they hope will be a regular (once or twice a semester) series in Cornell’s magnificent non-denominational Sage Chapel, designed in 1875 by Cornell’s first professor of architecture. The first event, a screening of Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc, will take place on Thursday, September 6 at 8pm, with an introduction by film professor Don Fredericksen. Weather permitting (check this website on Sept 6), there will be a reception starting at 7:15pm in the charming outdoor courtyard on the north side of the chapel. The soundtrack for the film is Richard Einhorn’s “Voices of Light,” an original orchestral work inspired by the film and performed by renowned choral ensemble Anonymous 4, the Nederlands Radio Choir and the Nederlands Radio Philharmonic.
F.W. Murnau’s Faust, a horror-fantasy film that tells the tale of Mephisto and how he tempts the devout alchemist Faust with promises of youth, love and power in exchange for no less than his very soul, will be perfect for Halloween. It will be accompanied by the Filmharmonia Duo: Dennis James on Sage Chapel’s magnificent pipe organ and the theremin, and Mark Goldstein on the electronic Lightning Wands. This event is cosponsored with the Mellon Humanities Corridor and the Dept of Music. Patrons may wish to bring a cushion for the pews.