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NYU Steinhardt at 2008 Tribeca Film Festival: Two Timid Souls by René Clair

April 9, 2008
N-392, 2007-08

Gillian B. Anderson Conducts World Premiere Original Score for Clair’s 1929 Silent Masterpiece

The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival will present two live screenings of the silent masterpiece, Two Timid Souls (Les Deux Timides), directed and written by René Clair (France, 1929). The revelation of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival last fall was this charming, near-forgotten comic gem, which displays all the elegance, wit, and visual inventiveness that are hallmarks of its director, best known for An Italian Straw Hat. The archival print, provided by the Cinémathèque Française, will be shown with French inter-titles and a live English translation, featuring the world premiere of an original score composed by current students and recent graduates of NYU Steinhardt’s master’s program in film scoring: Jaebon Hwang, Jin Kyung Lee, Jihwan Kim, and Seon Kyong Kim. The new musical accompaniment was composed in a musical style consistent with the visual style of the film and with what might have been heard in the late 1920’s. The score is produced by Ron Sadoff, director of the Film Scoring Program at New York University.

The performance will be accompanied by the NYU Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Gillian B. Anderson, a premiere musicologist and conductor active in silent film score reconstruction and performance. Her recent releases can be heard on Criterion Film DVDs of Haexan (Christiansen, 1922) and Pandora’s Box (Pabst, 1928).

Both performances of Les Deux Timides will take place at the Michael Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University: Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Journalists interested in attending the production should contact Tim Farrell, NYU Office of Public Affairs, by phone at 212.998.6797 or via email at

About the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University:

Founded in 1890 as the School of Pedagogy, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development was the first school of its kind in the United States. Today, NYU Steinhardt advances knowledge, creativity, and innovation at the crucial crossroads of human learning, culture, development, and well-being. Through rigorous research and education, the school’s faculty and students evaluate and redefine processes, practices, and policies in their respective fields and lead in an ever-changing world. For more information, go to

Venues and Tickets:

The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival venues include: BMCC TribecaPAC, Pace University Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Drive-in at the North Cove, AMC Village VII, AMC 19th Street East, Village East Cinema, and Tishman Auditorium at The New School. AMC is the official theater partner for the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

Tickets for the Festival will be $15.00 for evening and weekend screenings and $8.00 for daytime weekday and late night screenings. In addition, the Festival will offer panels and a few select screenings with panel discussions for $25.00.

Select Passes and Packages are now on sale and can be purchased online at or by telephone, toll free, at (866) 941-FEST (3378). Single ticket sales begin for American Express Cardmembers on April 12, 2008, for downtown residents on April 18, 2008 and for the general public on April 19, 2008. Single tickets can be bought at the Main Box Office at 15 Laight Street, online and by telephone. The 2008 Festival will continue ticket discounts for evening and weekend screenings for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Additional information and further details on the Festival can be found at

About Tribeca Film Festival

Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The Festival’s mission focuses on assisting filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promoting New York City as a major filmmaking center. Since its founding, the Festival has attracted over two million attendees from the and abroad and has generated more than $425 million in economic activity for New York City.

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Events and Traditions, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Type: Press Release

Two Timid Souls (Les Deux Timides);  Still Images Source: La Cinémathèque française

Two Timid Souls (Les Deux Timides); Still Images Source: La Cinémathèque française

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