Ahead of the world premiere of a new score commissioned by Opera North Projects for the 1929 silent film Pandora’s Box, Jo Nockels and Stuart Leeks investigate the life of its enigmatic star.Read the full post
Dir. Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Germany 1929, 133 mins. Cert PG
Silent film with a new live score
Composed and performed by Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur Gudnadóttir..
‘at that time a dangerously shocking film. It still remains an intensely sexy one’. The Guardian on Pandora’s Box
‘Supremely evocative compositions’ BBC music on Jóhann Jóhannsson
GW Pabst’s 1929 silent film follows the rise and fall of the captivating, amoral young prostitute Lulu and her various ill-fated relationships, brought to life by the inimitable Louise Brooks.
Part of an international renaissance of silent film, this special screening sees award-winning Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (Fordlandia), cellist and composer Hildur Gudnadóttir (Múm/Throbbing Gristle), and turntablist Philip Jeck combine forces. The brand new live soundtrack plays with the film’s volatile energy, Weimar-era recordings and the iconic figure of Louise Brooks.
No future performances are planned for this production.
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