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 Cinema Discovers Form: Alice Guy Blaché, The Brighton School, Films d'Art, D.W. Griffiths
Followed by a conversation with Professor Richard Pena, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival, and Marie Regan, professor of film, American University of Paris.