I was Born But... (大人の見る絵本 生れてはみたけれど) With Live Musical Accompaniment by Dr. Andrew Simpson

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes 1121)

A 1932 black-and-white Japanese silent film directed by Yasujiro Ozu. It became the first of six Ozu films to win the Kinema Junpō Critics' Prize. Ozu later loosely remade the film as Good Morning in 1959. The film's story centers on two young brothers whose faith in their father, an office worker, is shaken by what they perceive as his kowtowing to the boss.

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 co-sponsored by the Japanese Speaker Series and the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies.