First Light Silent Film Series : "Chinese Cinema"

Date: 
July 6, 2017 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
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Location: 
Columbia Global Centers | Paris

First Light: The International Silent Cinema, 1894-1934

Come celebrate the summer with “First Light,” a richly curated selection of classics of the international silent cinema, many featuring live musical accompaniment by students of Jean-François Zygel's piano improvisation class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.  Too few are aware that the silent cinema was a period of almost incomparable artistic creativity; the lack of sound, rather than a hindrance, was actually a kind of inspiration for the era’s finest filmmakers, who found ingenious ways to expand the visual expressiveness of their works. Not surprisingly, the great silent filmmakers—from Méliès to Griffith, from Eisenstein to Buster Keaton—continue to influence and inform contemporary artists across the disciplines.

 

Chinese Cinema: "Goddess" (1934, Wu Yonggang)

 

Followed by a conversation with Professor Richard Peña, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival

 

Thursday, July 6, 7:30 pm

Reid Hall, Grande Salle

(4 rue de Chevreuse  75006)

 

A Shanghai “woman of the night” tries to provide a proper education for her son, against the opposition of polite society. The end of the silent era witnessed an explosion of talent in the Chinese cinema, with filmmakers often using their films to reflect and comment on the great social and political issues of the day.

With live piano accompaniment by Camille El Bacha from the improvisation class of Jean-François Zygel at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

Created 15 years-ago by Jean-François Zygel, the piano improvisation class at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) assembles a dozen pianists (undergraduate and masters students) who are engaged in exploring all of the artistic and musical avenues of this ever-expanding field.  Whether accompanying performances in dance, theater or silent cinema, piano improvisation requires excellent listening skills and great versatility, as well as in-depth knowledge of musical styles and genres.

Free and Open to the Public
 
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