Battleship Potemkin + Suspense & The Rosary with Berklee Silent Film Orchestra$27.50 - $32.50 Buy Tickets
The renowned Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) is coming back to The Cabot and this time the orchestra will perform its original score for the 1925 film, Battleship Potemkin, director Sergei Eisenstein’s cinematic epic of martial oppression and revolutionary triumph.
The BSFO will open the program with two new scores for new restorations of short films The Rosary and Suspense (both from 1913). Both titles are among just 20 surviving films by pioneering female writer/director/actor Lois Weber, one of the most important and prolific auteurs of the silent era.
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Generally regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, Potemkin is the dramatization of a 1905 mutiny on a Russian battleship. Commissioned by the Central Executive Committee of the Soviet Union to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first Russian revolution, the film transcends its propagandist beginnings, to depict a thrilling triumph of the human spirit over the forces of oppression. The BSFO’s score for Battleship Potemkin world premiered in the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Sounds of Silents® program in 2011.
The Rosary, and Suspense – Lois Weber (both 1913)
Set for 2018 release by Kino Lorber, as part of its Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers series, these two short films bring to light the supremely talented director/writer/actor Lois Weber. The Rosary is a haunting and hypnotic story of unrequited love, while Suspense, co-directed by Weber and Phillips Smalley, is a relentless thriller, featuring a high-octane car chase. The Cabot performance will mark just the second world theatrical premiere of the restored films, and their new musical scores, written by BSFO alumni, composers Ms. Esin Aydingoz (The Rosary), and Ms. Hyunsoo Nam (Suspense).
The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra
The 17-piece BSFO, made up of the top film composers and instrumentalists at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, performs its original, student-composed scores live to picture,
led by the ensemble’s conductors in perfect synchronization with the classic film, for a thrilling, only-in-the-theatre experience.
Twice decorated by the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO has performed to lengthy standing ovations at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center, Emerson Cutler Majestic, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. On the night before Halloween 2015, the Boston Pops, led by maestro Keith Lockhart, performed the BSFO’s symphonic score to W.F. Murnau’s vampire epic, Nosferatu.
Describing the BSFO’s 2016 performance at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, übercritic Leonard Maltin said: “nothing short of thrilling… When the film concluded, over a thousand people leapt to their feet, cheering. I can’t wait to hear the Boston-based orchestra again, accompanying a different silent film.”