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Special film screening with live musical accompaniment: Foolish Wives (Erich von Stroheim, 1922)

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A unique opportunity to experience a silent film by one of the greatest directors in film history, preceded by a short introduction, to place the film in its historical and aesthetic context. Foolish Wives is considered a masterpiece of silent cinema, and its director/leading man, Erich von Stroheim, is recognised by most scholars as a film genius. A magnificent drama, with sinister and Gothic overtones, the film is set in Monte Carlo and follows the adventures of the evil Count Karamzin. Hailed by critics as a stunning achievement on its release in 1922, Foolish Wives was however savagely attacked by the US press, and denounced as "an insult to the American public". Featuring a superb performance by Stroheim as the menacing protagonist, and fantastic set and costume design, the film will be presented as it was meant to be experienced: with live musical accompaniment. Our musician Steve Gellatly will perform his own original score, especially composed for this event. Anyone interested in film history, cultural representations and a most original take on the Gothic genre, simply must see this rarely-screened gem.
Presenter
Elisabetta Girelli
Type
Academic, Film
Open to
All staff and students
Date
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Time
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where
School 3, The Quad
Contact
Elisabetta Girelli
Email
eg51@st-andrews.ac.uk
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