Screenings: October 11 at 7:45pm and 10pm
Location: The Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Description: The Cinefamily present a Halloween screening of Carl Theodor Dryer’s 1932 art house horror film Vampyr, accompanied by Steven Severin’s music, performed live. Although Vampyr is not a silent film, it almost was; sound was a last-minute, minimal addition, leaving plenty of room fro Severin to step in and provide a score (much as Phillip Glass provided a score for the 1931 Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi).
Vampyr is widely regarded as a masterpiece among critics, for its subtle, dream-like approach to horror, but fans expecting something more vibrant might be disappointed by the loose narrative and slow pace, which make it easy to nod off before the film’s famous images appear (e.g., a man sitting alone, whose shadow walks over and joins him). See it and decide for yourself.
Tickets: $15-$90 (no discounts)
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From the website:
Steven Severin (acclaimed solo artist and founding member of the legendary Siouxsie and the Banshees) returns to the Cinefamily in person, giving audiences a rare opportunity to hear his new score for Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr: the third in his ongoing film accompaniment series “Music For Silents.” Though Hitchcock called it “the only film worth seeing twice”, the mysteries of Vampyr couldn’t be untangled in a thousand viewings. Dreyer’s film set a precedent for psychological horror, deploying mood and technical wizardry to render the strange logic of a nightmare on the screen. Shot with a silent film aesthetic despite being filmed in the sound era (and a year after Lugosi starred in Universal’s Dracula), Vampyr finds a perfect aural counterpart in Severin’s suitably textured score: a synthesized, highly atmospheric soundscape that draws the viewer rhythmically into a strange, horrifying dimension just outside our field of vision.