Our Heavenly Bodies

  • Tues Apr 11
    Sage Chapel
    *special prices
Our Heavenly Bodies

with original score performed live by Coupler
advance: $10 general/ $8 students & seniors
at door: $12 general / $10 students & seniors

Hanns Walter Kornblum

In 1925, German director Hanns Walter Kornblum set out to create a film unlike any that had come before. His aim was a film that would serve as both a summation of all the astronomical knowledge available at the time and a dreamy investigation of what wonders might await humanity at the advent of space travel. With the help of 15 special effects technicians and nine cameramen, Kornblum’s film is a technical marvel, one that revels in the beauty and mysteries of the universe, reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s COSMOS more than 50 years later. The film was reconstructed and digitally restored by Filmmuseum München.

The film will be accompanied with a live score by the Nashville-based group Coupler. Founded in 2012 by Lambchop veteran Ryan Norris, its core is Norris along with Rodrigo Avendaño and Rollum Haas. “Much like Lambchop, Norris is making music that mixes a number of styles without ever really sounding like any of them…full of intriguing arrangements and process-based developments that are impossible to ignore.” (Tiny Mix Tapes) “…waves of ambient drones that slowly morph into a plundering groove reminiscent of krautrock pioneers Kraftwerk and Cluster...like an electronic flower unfolding...” (The Nashville Scene)

Cosponsored with the Cornell Council on the Arts and the Dept of Astronomy and the Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences (CCAPS)

website: couplermusic.com

Ithaca premiere
BluRay bw
1 hour 32 minutes
release year/country
1925 Germany