‘An Evening of Silent Film’ series returns to USC
Internationally renowned silent-film accompanist Dennis James returns to Columbia Dec. 3 for an evening of silent film with live musical accompaniment.
The 7:30 p.m. performance is set for the University of South Carolinas School of Music recital hall and is free and open to the public.
James will perform with the film, “The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg,” a witty, romantic comedy about love across the class divide, directed by Ernst Lubitsch.
Upon the film’s release in 1927, a review in The New York Times noted that German-born Hollywood director Lubitsch “lives up to all that has been written about him. He may be a stylist, but he is one who does not choose to repeat on any of his past bright camera ideas. Yet the satirical shafts, the careful attention to telling details, the half-second notes and the keeping within certain bounds, inform the spectator, even though the name of Lubitsch was not emblazoned on the screen, that it is the master from Berlin who has directed this splendid shadow story.”
This is the seventh in an annual series of “An Evening of Silent Film” screenings with live accompaniment by James, a visiting research fellow in USC’s Film and Media Studies Program.
James tours internationally as a composer and musician specializing in historically, musically and cinematically informed scores for silent film. For more than 40 years, James has played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent films with live music. He tours worldwide and has played such venues as the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The Louvre in Paris and across Asia.
The series is hosted by USC’s Film and Media Studies Program with generous sponsorship from the School of Music and the College of Arts and Sciences.
For more information call 803-777-2339.