What: Silent Movie Screening accompanied by Live Wurlitzer.
CLAIRE by Milford Thomas, the astounding "new" silent film shot with a restored original camera will be accompanied by the Wurlitzer with a modified version of the original musical score. This will put the organ through its paces and this combination of film, score and organ is not to be missed.
When: Sunday 2nd March 2014
Where: GOMA Cinémathèque
Live Wurlitzer organ accompaniment by David Bailey. Film screening followed by a Q&A with the director Milford Thomas.
‘Set in a storybook 1920’s rural American South and inspired by the Japanese fairytale Kaguyahime, Milford Thomas’ Clairetells the story of a childless elderly male couple who discover a princess made of moonlight inside an ear of corn. The enchanting young Claire bewitches onlookers with her readings of fantastic poetry in unfamiliar languages, entrances a local boy and discovers her miraculous healing powers when he jumps from a cliff in an attempt to win her heart. While exemplifying the nontraditional family (two men lovingly raising a moon-child), Claire celebrates the diversity of family and poignantly treats the grief of losing a love one. Homage to early cinema, the film was glowingly shot on a vintage hand-cranked 35mm camera. Like its silent-era camera, all set-design and special effects were achieved the old-fashioned way, using canvas backgrounds, semi-hidden wires and multiple exposures, creating a timeless atmosphere of wonderment and magic.’