Silent film

"The Yellow Ticket" is a 1918 Polish-German film about a young Warsaw woman who hopes to attend medical school in Moscow, but experiences obstacles because she is single and Jewish. It is one of the first films to explore the anti-Semitism rampant in Russia in the early 1900s.

"The Yellow Ticket" will be performed with live music by Alicia Svigals and Marilyn Lerner at The Ashokan Center on Sunday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Olivebridge, New York.

Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading Klezmer fiddler, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics who she co-led for seventeen years, and a composer who was selected to be a 2014 MacDowell Fellow. She is accompanied by jazz pianist/improviser and prolific recording artist Marilyn Lerner.

Jay Ungar and Molly Mason join us to talk about this event and things Ashokan.

The Cantilena Chamber Choir will present Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1928 silent film "The Passion Of Joan Of Arc" at Trinity Church in Lenox on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30pm. Silent film organist Peter Krasinki will be a special guest on the program with a live chorus and orchestra. A 6:45 pre-concert lecture will explore the extraordinary history of the film and the score.

"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available.

Organist Peter Krasinksi is broadly recognized as a motivating consultant for the pipe organ community who imaginative and energetic performances elevate and inform audiences. Along with regular concert appearances he specializes in the art of silent film accompaniment worldwide. Andrea Goodman is The Cantilena Chamber Choir’s founder and director.

Audrey Kupferberg: The Lost World

Sep 22, 2017

THE LOST WORLD.  It’s a Hollywood silent movie that first startled audiences in 1925 and has since proven to be a cult favorite for those who savor fantasy and science fiction genres.  In THE LOST WORLD, pterodactylus fly, and brontosaurus and stegosaurus roam.  The story, which stems from a novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was written in 1912.  It is evidence that Conan Doyle’s appeal was not limited to Sherlock Holmes.  This story features two of Conan Doyle’s lesser-known but repeated characters, hot-tempered explorer Professor George Edward Challenger and his friend, adventurer and big-game hunter Sir John Roxton. 

 

The release last year of Martin Scorsese’s HUGO has brought to the forefront a long-deceased cinema pioneer. That would be Georges Méliès, who is played in HUGO by Ben Kingsley.

What makes Méliès so interesting historically is that he was as much an illusionist as a filmmaker. His imagination allowed him to concoct and employ a range of special effects in the films he made around the turn of the 20th century. These effects include time lapse photography, multiple exposures, and hand-painted color on film shot in black-and-white.