After three spectacular events in this new screening location last year, Cornell Cinema returns to Cornell’s magnificent non-denominational Sage Chapel, designed by Cornell’s first professor of architecture in 1875, for two more not-to-be-missed events this fall. First up is “Ancient Loops” on Tuesday, October 8, which will feature two pieces by renowned filmmaker Bill Morrison. He is known for pairing archival silent film footage, some of it in a state of decay, producing otherworldly images and effects, with extraordinary musical soundtracks. The program begins with the 25-minute short Just Ancient Loops, featuring high-resolution scans of nitrate footage and new CGI renderings of space to depict a unique view of the heavens, inspired by the traditional notion of ‘music of the spheres.’ The film features a mesmerizing soundtrack by Michael Harrison, performed by cellist Maya Beiser. It will be followed by Morrison’s feature-length masterpiece, Decasia, which uses decaying found footage from the early days of cinema to investigate mortality and our attachment to historical material, even as it falls apart. With an evocative score by Bang On A Can co-founder Michael Gordon, performed by the 55-piece Basel Sinfonietta. The program is cosponsored with the Cornell Council for the Arts. Tickets will be $5 and available at the door. Return on Thursday, October 31 for the annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza! Cornell Cinema teams with the Department of Music and the Ithaca Motion Picture Project to present a FREE screening of the German Expressionist silent thriller, The Hands of Orlac, from the maker of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. The film will be accompanied by Dennis James on the Sage Chapel organ and Theremin, in addition to Frederick Hodges on piano.
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