Alloy Orchestra in performance
Jean Epstein’s celebrated silent classic — a powerful melodrama set in the midst of old Marseille’s piers and pubs — has not only been restored by the Cinémathèque Française, it has also been treated to a new musical score. A primal tale unfolds: young Marie (Gina Manès), in love with handsome dockworker Jean (Léon Mathot), has already been promised to a vile troublemaker, Petit Paul (Edmond Van Daële), who won’t let go. Coeur Fidèle’s visual beauty is tied to its technical experimentation — a whirling merry-go-round sequence, for example, and expressive use of facial close-ups. A visionary of 1920s cinematic modernism, filmmaker and theorist Jean Epstein often used poetic motifs of water and seaside. The three-person Alloy Orchestra, combining their signature found-object percussion with contemporary electronics, performs their new score on stage. (Jean Epstein, 1923, 90 minutes)
LINK TO PROGRAM DETAILS HERE.