Monday, December 6, 2021

50th IFFI introduces section on silent film viewing with live music

The International Film Festival of India is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Edition in seaside Goa. The Festival witnessed the inauguration of a specially curated section which pays tribute to silent films viewing with live music.

The 50th IFFI has introduced a section on silent film viewing with live music. Live music with silent films has its own history. Earlier, films would be conceptualized as a visual spectacle without sound.

The only sound would be the live music which would accompany a particular film’s screening at a particular place by an esteemed music composer. With the advent of sound films, this feature of the film viewing experience soon faded out.

This year’s IFFI will witness the very significance that a silent film plays. The specially curated section which pays tribute to this lost form of film viewing was inaugurated last night at Kala Academy, Panaji. The inauguration was followed by the screening of the 1925 Soviet film Battleship Potemkin.

Master filmmaker and pioneer of montage editing Sergei M. Eisenstein’s classic was considered powerfully seditious by the critics of the time. Two more classics by master filmmakers will also be showcased during the festival.

German Expressionist G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box is about a charming young woman. The other film is Blackmail by the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Celebrated British pianist Jonathan Lindsay will be performing live during the screening of these movies at IFFI.

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