Cornell Cinema returns to Sage Chapel for this special pre-Halloween show! We’ll present F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922), the first vampire movie and one of the most well-known and popular films of the silent era, accompanied by the Austin-based group, The Invincible Czars, performing their original score! The band was part of a wave of acts that began creating new soundtracks for silent films at the original Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas in the 2000s. Unlike their peers, The Czars kept adding movies to their catalog, creating custom artwork and wardrobe and taking their shows farther and farther from home each year. They are regarded by many as the Alloy Orchestra of the South! They incorporate a bit of classical music into all of their scores and dress in accordance with the context of each film they perform.
Their score for Nosferatu incorporates Bela Bartok's Six Roumanian Folk Dances and utilizes looping, samples and lead singer Leila Lovise's effect-laden voice. The music is written for four players and includes electric guitar, bass, violin, keyboard, music box, synthesizer, bass clarinet, flute, glockenspiel, bass guitar and all manner of percussion. Admission: $10 general/$8 students & seniors. Advance tickets available at CornellCinemaTickets.com starting August 15. Cosponsored with the Wharton Studio Museum as part of Silent Movie Month in Ithaca.