EYE in the Muziekgebouw

Innovative highlights of the silent film

Thanks to the collaboration between EYE and the Muziekgebouw we are able to present more silent films from EYE’s collection. In addition to the Cinema Concerts taking place in EYE on Sundays, we now offer the Film and Live Music series in the Muziekgebouw. The screenings of silent film classics are enhanced by new scores, performed live by top musicians.

Hitchcock’s Blackmail, the first Academy Award winner Sunrise and the stylized horror film Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari  are successively screened in Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw in the first half of 2018. These three silent 1920s films provide a superb illustration of Expressionism’s influence on film. With live music.

Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock, GB, 1929)

Friday 23 Feb – 20.15 – Metropole Orkest

In Hitchcock’s last silent film Alice White is invited to the studio of an artist. When she arrives, however, her host tries to violate her, but Alice manages to get away by stabbing him with a bread knife.

Alice attempts to cover up her tracks, but leaves her gloves at the scene of the crime. Frank Webber, Scotland Yard detective and Alice’s friend, is put in charge of the murder case.

Hitchcock made a silent and a sound version of this psychological thriller. The silent version is screened on Friday evening 23 February, with live musical accompaniment by the Metropole Orkest. The score for the film is based on the oeuvre of orchestra founder Dolf van der Linden.

Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, US, 1927)

Saturday 28 Apr – 20.15 - Alexandre Tharaud

A farmer falls in love with a woman on holiday from the city and plans to abandon his family. He contemplates killing his wife to be with his new love, but has a change of heart at the supreme moment and decides to stay with his wife. He now needs to regain a trust lost.

The French master pianist Alexandre Tharaud improvises a classical score to the film on Saturday 28 April. Sunrise received four Oscars at the first ever Academy Award ceremony in 1929. F.W. Murnau’s first American film is still  regarded as one of the best films ever made.

Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, DE, 1920)

Friday 11 May – 20.15 - New European Ensemble

Robert Wiene’s German horror film tells the story of the hypnotist Dr. Caligari, who is involved together with his assistant Cesare in a series of murders committed in the gloomy village of Holstenwall. The film is told in flashbacks by Francis, who went on a visit to the mountain village. When his friend dies suddenly, he becomes suspicious and  starts investigating.

Expressionism made a striking entry in the world of film with its stylized visuals and intensely physical acting performances. New European Ensemble, a music group from The Hague, performs the score for this evening’s film. They selected from the works of Salvatore Sciarrino, Luca Francesconi and Tristan Murail, whose compositions resonate with the film’s eerie character.

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