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Message started by L.A. Connection on Nov 16th, 2019 at 9:09am

Title: Debate: SILENT FILMS at 'THON-Every year?
Post by L.A. Connection on Nov 16th, 2019 at 9:09am
One of the great aspects of the Marathon is the event showing Silent Movies, usually with LIVE musical scores played in the theatre.

But, as most genre fans know, there is a very limited number of genuine sci-fi movies that were made, and even fewer that survive with showable prints.

Should the Silent Film "slot" be an annual event or space them out more??

Title: Re: Debate: SILENT FILMS at 'THON-Every year?
Post by Lile on Nov 19th, 2019 at 8:18pm
I wouldn’t mind silent movies more frequently, but I’ld also like to see more anime and foreign science fiction as well. One of the things I like about the ‘thon is seeing is seeing a movie that didn’t get wide distribution or only did the festival circuit, like Coherence and Grabbers.

Title: Re: Debate: SILENT FILMS at 'THON-Every year?
Post by Jeff Rapsis on Dec 1st, 2019 at 9:31pm
Coming from an ever-so-slightly biased point of view: as the festival's house accompanist, I'm certainly in favor of silents at the marathon! Creating live music for early sci-fi epics at the 'Thon is one of the yearly highlights of my performance calendar: few audiences are as enthusiastic, and audience response is a big part of the silent film experience. Also, it's a real privilege to bring to life visionary cinema from an era when filmmakers were just discovering the possibilities of the movie camera, sci-fi or otherwise. Often these are films you simply won't see elsewhere, and the chance to bring them to life once again on the Somerville's big screen in front of an audience is a part of the Marathon to be savored.

Title: No Debate on Rapsis! SILENT FILMS at 'THON
Post by L.A. Connection on Dec 1st, 2019 at 11:52pm

Jeff Rapsis wrote on Dec 1st, 2019 at 9:31pm:
Coming from an ever-so-slightly biased point of view: as the festival's house accompanist, I'm certainly in favor of silents at the marathon! Creating live music for early sci-fi epics at the 'Thon is one of the yearly highlights of my performance calendar: few audiences are as enthusiastic, and audience response is a big part of the silent film experience. Also, it's a real privilege to bring to life visionary cinema from an era when filmmakers were just discovering the possibilities of the movie camera, sci-fi or otherwise. Often these are films you simply won't see elsewhere, and the chance to bring them to life once again on the Somerville's big screen in front of an audience is a part of the Marathon to be savored.


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