Spellbinding live music accompaniment turns this fast-moving, 'ultra-fantastic melodrama' (New York Times) - one of the great classics of American silent film - into an atmospheric and gripping emotional experience. 'A superbly sinister live score by the soundtrack group Minima.' Financial Times 'One of the coolest events… Minima sound unmistakably modern, but capture the film's disturbing mood perfectly.' The Telegraph ______________________________________________________________________ Minima's music is a 21st-Century interpretation of the images of silent film. Formed in 2006, Minima perform in cinemas and art centres, as well as music and film festivals, playing original live soundtracks to silent films. Their repertoire includes set scores to classic silents including the 1925 'Phantom of the Opera', Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Lodger' and German horrors 'Nosferatu' and 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari'. Minima are a four-piece group, with instrumentation including cello, double bass, baritone guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, autoharp, dulcimer, synthesizer, glockenspiel and drum kit. 'The Phantom of the Opera' (PG) Cert. PG, 1925, USA, 77 mins, Dir: Rupert Julian, Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis, Snitz Edwards, Virginia Pearson Beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House dwells a masked figure. He is the Phantom, a hideously disfigured composer whose dream is to turn chorus singer Christine into a diva. Lon Chaney, the 'Man of a Thousand Faces', dominates this classic adaptation of the 1910 novel. His ghastly make-up and outrageous performance made this one of the great classics of American silent film. Film critic Roger Ebert said in 2004 that 'it has always been a question whether The Phantom of the Opera is a great film, or only a great spectacle.' Either way, to see this film in 1925 was a truly shocking experience. Fast-moving and exciting, the film is a dramatic tale of obsession, kidnap, murder and revenge, beautifully tinted throughout and featuring an impressive sequence of early Technicolor as the Phantom appears at a masked ball. This is the original film version of 'Phantom' which inspired numerous remakes. It was a critical and commercial success upon release, as these press quotes from the time contest: an 'ultra fantastic melodrama' (New York Times); 'produced on a stupendous scale' (Moving Picture World); 'probably the greatest inducement to nightmare that has yet been screened' (Variety). ______________________________________________________________________ 'Acclaimed soundscapers Minima provide a superlative soundtrack.' Time Out 'Minima's unmistakably spine-tingling music clung to each twist of the movie… spellbinding accompaniment.' The Guardian 'Minima turned the 1925 Phantom of the Opera into an immersive and gripping emotional experience.' Swansea International Festival 'Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe.' Robert Rider, Head of Cinema, Barbican Centre
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