Silent Film Classic “Upstream” with Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton
Time: 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Donald Sosin and Joanna Seaton recreate the silent film era, when musicians accompanied films with classical and popular music on piano and created sound effects such as crashes, thunder, or horse galloping. Sosin and Seaton are among the world’s foremost silent film musicians, bringing their unique blend of keyboards, vocals, and percussion to major film festivals, museums, and theaters worldwide. They have created scores for over 60 silent film DVDs on various labels. They will accompany the classic 1927 silent film “Upstream.”
Here is a review of the film from the New Yorker:
“Sometimes an event is really an event, as last night at the Academy Theatre at Lighthouse International, where the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (i.e., Oscar’s bestowers) presented their restoration of “Upstream,” a 1927 silent movie, directed by John Ford, which had been thought lost but was rediscovered in the New Zealand Film Archive. It’s a joy to announce that, far from being a mere historical curiosity, the movie is a delight and a wonder—it’s a thoroughgoing John Ford film, one that’s artistically worthy to take its place among his many classics. The surprise is the genre: it’s a backstage comedy, centered on the residents of a low-rent (and often no-rent) boarding house for scuffling vaudevillians. The main line of the plot concerns the vain, talent-challenged scion of a well-known theatrical family who is summoned to London, for his name only, to play Hamlet, a role for which he is utterly unprepared. But the wise counsel of an aged, nostalgic tragedian, invoking and imparting the great tradition of Shakespearean performance, stands the young ham in good stead, and he returns to New York triumphant, contemptuous, and conceited, only to receive his comeuppance.”
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