A KINO INTERNATIONAL
THIS FILM IS NOT RATED
Sunday, March 9th, 2008
2pm Matinee Only
Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein
story, the ancient Hebrew legend of the Golem provided
actor/director Paul Wegener with the substance for one of the most
adventurous films of the German silent cinema.
This landmark 1920 film will be presented with a brand new
score, commissioned by Brooklyn Center and composed and performed
live by the innovative chamber ensemble, The BQE Project.
This restored, definitive version was assembled from a
variety of sources from Moscow to Germany by Kino International,
renown for their dedication to preserving and making cinematic
history available to the movie-loving public.
Of course the term "silent film" is in itself a
misnomer, which in the modern mind mistakenly conjures up people
sitting in front of a screen in deathly silence, staring at a
flickering image in silence. If fact, other than the
earliest Edison Nickelodeons where a penny bought a furtive peek at
a moving image for a minute or two, even the earliest movies were
always accompanied by anything from a simply piano to a full
orchestra -- sound effects included. Sound was so essential to
these "silent" films before "the Talkies" that the need
for sound gave rise to
the invention of an instrument that could easily mimic a full
orchestra and produce all manner of sound effects as well.
Sitting at the mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ to the side of the
movie screens, a musician could accompany the
blockbuster hits of the day, taking advantage of the constantly
improving sound effects stops that were added to the organ's registry,
such as bells, whistles, clangs, and all manner of percussive
instruments! One musician could sound as big
and as synchronized to the film action as the theatres that were
affluent enough to afford a full orchestra. Anyone who went to
the movies during the days of the "non-talkies" would certainly be
puzzled at the term "silent movie."
For our engagement of THE GOLEM, we are most fortunate
to not only have a score that befits the mood and feel of the screen
images, but one composed especially for this title, commissioned by
Brooklyn Center for this very special engagement.
Tom Nazziola and the BQE Project have become
specialists par excellance in the art of performing film
accompaniment. Garnering accolades from both the music and the
film critics and with a growing number of compositions and films in
this immensely talented group has performed all over the East
Coast, wowing audiences with restored compositions from the likes of
Charles Chaplin that were written at the time for the early films
(such as Chaplin's own score for his CITY LIGHTS) as well as
original works that Mr. Nazziola composed specifically for other "silent"
The score for THE GOLEM has taken nearly two years to
complete and the final results will astound. Not only does the
music sync so closely to the film imagery that one could believe it
was a soundtrack on the film itself, but the melodic themes and the
powerful moods that Nazziola is able to create, even within the very
constricted confines of the timing and movement of the existing
THE GOLEM, with an original score
composed by Tom Nazziola and performed live by Brooklyn's own BQE
Project, is definitely a not-to-be-missed CinEvent at Brooklyn Center Cinema.
Tickets on sale now.
Meet the Artists
session will he held after
the screening. Get to
meet the members of the BQE
Project and the composer of
the score for THE GOLEM, Tom
Tickets on sale now. $20 General
Students, Faculty and Staff