First Light Silent Film Series : "The Mother and the Law"

Date: 
June 22, 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.

 

The Feature Film: "The Mother and the Law" (1919, D.W. Griffith)

 

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

Thursday, June 22, 7:30 pm

Reid Hall, Grande Salle

(4 rue de Chevreuse  75006)

 

A couple, made homeless after a labor strike, struggle to keep their child out of the hands of the authorities. By 1915, production in the U.S. and elsewhere had moved away from short films and on to feature-length formats, requiring both new approaches to filmmaking as well as increasing sophistication of audiences.

With live piano accompaniment by Masanori Enoki 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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