#ThePearlCompanySummerTheatreFestival Saturday at 7:30 pm... Silent Film Harmonic Don't miss this #OneNightOnly performance!
Silent Film Harmonic : Un Chien Andalou; The Fall of the House of Usher (Saturday, Aug 17) VOC Silent Film Harmonic, formed in 2007, are five highly-regarded musicians dedicated to playing live music to silent films.
Un Chien Andalou is a cult classic produced in 1929 by Louis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. The film is 17 minutes of largely unconnected scenes designed to shock Paris audiences. Bunuel and Dali were both amazed and dismayed when the initial audience which included Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, found it delightful.
VOC has chosen the mesmerizing 1928 adaptation by Jean Epstein of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous story The Fall of the House of Usher for the Saturday show. In the movie, a man arrives at the eerie house of Roderick Usher, to find that Roderick is painting a portrait of his sick wife Madeleine – but the faster he tries to complete the picture, the more ill his wife becomes.
Assisted by a young Luis Buñuel, Epstein uses a variety of techniques including slow motion, superimposed images, and Expressionist sets to create a dreamy, chilling, surreal masterpiece. ‘One of the most imaginative and entrancing horror movies of the silent era.’ – Time Out.
VOC members are Wade Whittaker, Steve Lederman, Bradford Nowak, Ted Harms and David Hunsberger.