Toledo Museum of Art’s popular Film + Live Music: The Sound of Silents returns to the Peristyle this season with a line-up of five movies.
Classics from cinema’s silent film era will be screened with a live musical score played on the Skinner organ. All films start at 7 p.m.
The Sound of Silents series is free for Museum members and $5 for each screening for non-members. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1 at the Museum’s information desks or by calling 419-255-8000 during Museum hours. Cash bar available at each screening.
The schedule of films includes:
Sept. 15: “Body and Soul” (1925)
Although the 1920s brought him acclaim as a stage actor and singer, Paul Robeson still had to prove himself as a viable screen performer. Mainstream avenues were limited, however, and his first films were made on the peripheries of the film business. “Body and Soul,” directed by the legendary African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, is a direct critique of the power of the cloth, casting Robeson in dual roles as a jackleg preacher and a well-meaning inventor.
Oct. 20: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920)
In 1920, one brilliant movie jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. That movie was “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community.
Jan. 19, 2017: “The Gold Rush” (1925)
Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork – which charts a prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale) – cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Shot partly on location in the Sierra Nevadas and featuring such timeless gags as the dance of the dinner rolls and the meal of boiled shoe leather, “The Gold Rush” is heartwarmingly hilarious.
April 13, 2017: “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (1928)
With its stunning camerawork and striking compositions, Carl Th. Dreyer’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc” convinced the world that movies could be art. Renée Falconetti gives one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film as the young maiden who died for God and France. Long thought to have been lost to fire, the original version was found in perfect condition in 1981 – in a Norwegian mental institution.
May 18, 2017: “Metropolis” (1927)
The most influential of all silent films, Fritz Lang’s visionary masterpiece Metropolis takes place in 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.
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