A blog and podcast from silent film accompanist/historian Ben Model covering the techniques of creating and performing live scores to silent films, as well as a discussion of the language of silent cinema. Find what goes on in the mind of a silent film accompanist before, during and after playing for a show. Learn about the aesthetics of silent filmmaking and storytelling language.
Day one of Cinefest 30 has gone well. Played for a pair of features from the late 'teens this morning – Life's Harmony (dir Frank Borzage) and The Wild Girl (with Eva Tanguay) – and just played for Charley Chase in The Sting of Stings. I'd played for it (same print) last month at the Silent Clowns Film Series, so it was fresh in my mind. It's a fun short, and doesn't circulate, even among the die-hard collectors at Cinefest, so it was fun for everyone to get to see it.
Here's a clip of the first 4 mins or so of the performance (no extra charge for the audible laughter). Enjoy!