Faust (1926) Intro by Film Composer Jean Hasse

Wednesday 9th November 7.30 – 11.00

Location: The King’s Arms, Whiteladies Road, Blackboy Hill. More info here: http://www.kingsarmsbristol.com/

Back in October 2007, Bristol Silents was able to screen F.W. Murnau‘s classic Faust with a new original score which was commissioned for a special screening at the Victoria Rooms, Bristol.

For the first time since the première of the score back in 2007 the Bristol Silents Club Screening for November 2011 will see the return of the film and the score to Bristol. So, for one night only, you are able to see and hear this s…pecial screening once again. Of course, we haven’t got the room for a full orchestra in our new Club Screening home at the Kings Arms. However, the score was recorded and we have been given a DVD with the film and the score on it.

The club screening will be introduced by the score’s Composer, Bristol based Jean Hasse.

The Film:
The Faust script is based on the German legend and the dramas of Christopher Marlowe and Goethe. Murnau interprets the story with fantastical scenery and effects, and remarkable contrasts in lighting, wind, fire and smoke. The superb international cast is riveting

Director: F.W. Murnau, Script: Hans Kyser, Cinematography: Carl Hoffmann.
Starring: Gösta Ekman (Faust), Emil Jannings (Mephisto), Camilla Horn (Gretchen) and Yvette Guilbert (Marthe).

The Score:
The commission of the score comes from Bristol Silents and COMA South West. Jean Hasse has composed an extensive score that mirrors the film’s emotions and key events in the story line, reflecting the film’s rich, emotional depth. The performances will also include several sections of improvisation, in the tradition of live music with silent film.

The Composer:
Jean Hasse is a Bristol-based American composer, performer, music editor and publisher. A teacher of Composition at the University of Bristol, her pieces have been heard in major concert halls and at festivals around the world.

She also composes for films, videos and websites. In 2001-02 the media latched on to her short original ring tone melodies for mobile phones and a three-minute piece for ten phones. Somewhat parallel to this are her 60 short Pocket Pieces for piano solo, so the 106-minute FAUST score takes her composing to a nearly-opposite extreme.

This screening (like all over Club Screenings) are totally free for everyone. Regular film screening notes as usual.

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