Au Bonheur des Dames with Live Musical Accompaniment

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:30pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes 1121)

Featuring Live Accompaniment by Andrew Simpson

Julien Duvivier | 1930 | 89 min | France | Silent with English Intertitles

Julien Duvivier's adaption of Zola’s novel exemplifies the pinnacle of late-silent era aesthetics. By updating the novel's late 19th century time period to Paris of the 1920s, Duvivier visualizes the protagonist Denise's shift from the traditions of her uncle's fabric shop to the modernization of Paris represented by the giant commercial department store. Includes beautifully shot sequences of Gare Saint-Lazare train station, the streets of Paris, and the Galleries Lafayette department store.

Andrew Simpson, composer, pianist, and organist, is ordinary professor and head of the division of Theory and Composition at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. An active silent film composer, pianist, and organist, Simpson is House Film Accompanist at the Library of Congress’ Mt. Pony Theater, and also appears regularly at the National Gallery of Art. He is also co-founder of the Snark Ensemble, an instrumental group devoted to creating and performing new scores to silent film. The ensemble created and recorded new film scores for a DVD box set, “Harry Langdon: Lost and Found “(2007), and “Becoming Charley Chase” (2009), both released by All Day Entertainment. Simpson’s piano scores also appear on All Day’s “American Slapstick, Volume 2 (2008).

This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP required. The screening is organized by the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, with funding very generously provided by the Pepsi Enhancement Grant.