A Silent Film featuring live music by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (dir. by Rodney Sauer)
Sunday, November 17, 2019
2:00 PM | Muenzinger Auditorium, CU Boulder Campus
Free and open to the public
The last person to die on New Year’s Eve before the clock strikes twelve is doomed to take the reins of Death’s chariot and work tirelessly collecting fresh souls for the next year. So says the legend that drives The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen in Swedish), directed in 1921 by the father of Swedish cinema, Victor Sjöström. The story, based on a novel by Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, concerns an alcoholic, abusive ne’er-do-well (Sjöström himself) who is shown the error of his ways, and the pure-of-heart Salvation Army sister who believes in his redemption. This extraordinarily rich and innovative silent classic (which inspired Ingmar Bergman to make movies) is a Dickensian ghost story and a deeply moving morality tale, as well as a showcase for groundbreaking special effects.
The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra will perform a score drawn from the Grauman Theater Collection to accompany the film. This early fantasy/horror film, directed by Victor Sjöström, is notable for its special effects and is considered to have been a key influence on The Shining. It's a great vehicle for an exiting musical experience.