NYU Steinhardt at 2008 Tribeca Film Festival: <I>Two Timid Souls</I> by René Clair


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

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

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 Of 500

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