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HarmonieBand presents Der Golem

A film screening with a live soundtrack performed by HarmonieBand.

Harmonieband Presents: ‘Der Golem’ (Germany, 1920: Directors Carl Boese & Paul Wegener). 91 m.

With a new score by Paul Robinson.

Director, writer, and actor Paul Wegener made three films based on the ancient Jewish myth of the Golem. This is his final 1920 version and his magnum opus, capped by Karl Freund's exhilarating lighting and cinematography.

When a Jewish community is threatened with removal from a city, the Rabbi constructs a figure of clay to stop the oppression. Calling upon ancient, mystical powers, the creature is brought to life to protect the people. With its foreshadowing of Jewish persecution to come, Der Golem is a poignant piece of film-making that emerged as one of the great masterpieces of silent cinema.

HarmonieBand has appeared at many UK film festivals and arts centres. The ensemble has also travelled widely in Europe and including visits to the Dresden Musikfestpiele, the Giornate Del Cinema Muto in Italy and three tours of the Brabant, the last of which featured Paul Robinson’s score to Cocteau’s Le Sang d’un Poète. In 2007, the ensemble was invited to appear alongside the Hilliard Ensemble to present Paul Robinson’s score to Carl Dreyer’s La Passione de Jeanne D’Arc in the Opera House in Wroclaw. The performance was recorded and broadcast by Polish television.

In July 2014 they were hosted by the Surrey University conference ‘Hollywood’s Musical Contemporaries and Competitors in the Early Sound Film Era’ where they performed to Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr They perform regularly at all major art centres in the UK including the Barbican Cinema where in 2014 they presented Dreyer’s Vampyr and in 2016 Murnau’s Nosferatu. In 2017 they toured with The End of St Petersburg in the UK and Holland ending the tour in Amsterdam’s ‘Eye’ Museum.

Tickets £10 / £8 concessions.
Doors open 7.30pm, starts 8pm.

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