two silent films with live music!
Cornell Cinema returns to the magnificent Sage Chapel for two shows with live music! First, the Dept of Music co-presents a screening of the restored and tinted 1921 German silent film, Hamlet, starring Asta Nielsen, Denmark's most famous silent film actress, in the lead role. Nielsen conceived of her Hamlet film production as a major gender-revision with her playing Prince Hamlet as female. The Filmharmonia Duo was commissioned by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC to create the score and its source music was selected from the compositions of the Sons of Bach (C.Ph.E., Joh.C. and Wm F.), making up an all-18th c. classical keyboard works compilation. The Filmharmonia Duo features international historical keyboard specialist Michael Tsalka on fortepiano and Dennis James on organ. They will be joined by a mezzo soprano. The event is cosponsored by the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies.
Next, Cornell Cinema welcomes back The Invincible Czars from Austin, TX. Last year they performed an incredible score for Nosferatu (1922), and this October, they will perform their new score for the early horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), once again, just in time to set the mood for Halloween.
The Invincible Czars visit is cosponsored with the Cornell Council for the Arts and the Wharton Studio Museum.