Tuesday, July 18, 2006

3rd german silent film festival

Film screenings
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2006
Venue: SM Megamall
Free Admission
Tel.:+ 632 8405723 to 24 / 8170978

Film Screening Schedule
Date and Time Film Title / Artists Venue

August 3 (6:30 pm) Official launch of the festival
The Podium – Chill Area

August 10 (8:00 pm) ASPHALT, music by Cynthia Alexander
SM Megamall Cinema

August 17 (8:00 pm) THE GOLEM, music by Drip
SM Megamall Cinema

August 24 (8:00 pm) TABU, music by Bo Razon
SM Megamall Cinema

August 31 (8:00 pm) The CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI, music byRadioactive Sago Project
SM Megamall Cinema

One of the country's most unique film festivals is back! Watch four different bands each take on the task of scoring a German silent film live. This year's series gives audiences a little horror, some suspense, and even a love story. To be screened are "The Cabinet ofDr. Caligari", "Asphalt", "The Golem" and "Tabu".

The 1919 film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", directed by RobertWiene, is a horror classic and landmark of German expressionism in cinema. It is also widely considered one of the most influentialsil ent films ever made, since traces of the film can be seen in the likes of later masterpieces suchas "Metropolis", "Nosferatu", "Faust", and "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler"among others. Wiene's opus showcases a nightmare realm in whichlight, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which ademented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetuate a series of murders in a small community. Complementing the strange world of Dr.Caligari will be the unique score done by avant-garde groupRadioactive Sago Project

"The Golem", subtitled "How He Came Into the World", is directorPaul Wegener's third and most ambitious film on the golem, a popular figure in Jewish folklore. In the film, Rabbi Loew creates a golemto protect the residents of 16th Century Prague's Jewish Ghetto from being expelled from the city. The Golem saves the Jews from expulsion, but the lumbering creature is not easily controlled and when he runs loose, the whole of Prague is in danger of destruction.The live music score for "The Golem" will be provided by Drip.

Director Joe May is mostly known as the man who helped start Fritz Lang's film career. His 1929 film "Asphalt", a love story set inBerlin in the late 1920's, is considered one of the last great German Expressionist films of the silent era. Starring the delectable Betty Amann in her most famous leading role (as a thieving femme fatale), Asphalt is a luxuriously produced classic where tragic liaisons and fatal encounters are shaped alongside the constant roar of traffic. Cynthia Alexander will be providing thescore.

"Tabu", to be scored by Bo Razon, was director F.W. Murnau's last film. The director died tragically just seven days before itspremiere in 1931. The film, an unusual collaboration with renowned documentary filmmaker Robert Flaherty of "Nanook of the North" fame.was filmed entirely in Tahiti, Bora Bora and Morea. In the film,expert diver Matahi and the lovely Reri fall in love, just beforeReri becomes their tribe's "chosen one," making her off limits ("tabu") to all men. Matahi and Reri decide to run off together, but encounter all kinds of hardship.

Each film will be accompanied by a live musical score by one of thecountry's best groups. Films will be shown every Thursday of August,8 pm at SM Megamall. Admission is free. For more information, pleasecall the Goethe-Institut Manila at 817 0978 or visithttp://www.goethe.de/manila

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