Silent movies to live music

There is a revival of interest in both silent movies and in vinyl records and you can judge about them both with confidence at the Kinemo Festival, held by Minsk’s Cinemascope project for the second year

By Irina Overianova

There is a revival of interest in both silent movies and in vinyl records and you can judge about them both with confidence at the Kinemo Festival, held by Minsk’s Cinemascope project for the second year

Open air supposes a night viewing of retro-films in the open air and to live music. During five Thursdays, cinema lovers can get acquainted with silent pictures — from melodrama to fiction — in the museum-atelier of Zair Azgur.

This place has been chosen on purpose, according to the organisers of the festival, as the wall in the court ideally serves as a screen, and the pianists can be placed on a little load platform. The project is realised with the support of the Association of Young Composers. This year, the viewing will be accompanied by musical compositions which they have written specially for each film, compared to the widely promoted classical music that was played last year.

Georgy Glik, one of the organisers of Kinemo, noted, “For the programme, we have advisedly chosen films whose original music had not kept, because it’s not good with, for example, Charlie Chaplin, who wrote the music to his pictures himself, to compose new music.”

The aim of the project is to present a broad palette of genres and countries at the silent movie festival. This year, there are pictures from the USSR, France, USA and Japan included in the programme.

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