Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nosferatu at the Paramount Theater

Last evening my husband and I went to the Paramount Theater and saw the 1922 German Dracula adaptation, Nosferatu. The silent film was accompanied by the Reel Musuc Ensemble, a group dedicated to creating music scores for silent films.  Five musicians playing one of three instruments, a cello, violin or piano, mesmerized 250 film-goers.  It was a very entertaining production and a standing ovation was given at the end for the musicians.  It was indicated to us that it was a really good turnout for a Monday night!

I had not seen Nosferatu since my college film class days, many years ago.  It is a wonderfully creepy film that often generated laughs in the crowd due to the sporadic fast motion camera quirk's and low-tech "rough cut" gags such as coffin lids closing "on their own".  

More frightening films are coming to the Paramount in October.  If you have not seen the original Bela Lugosi Dracula -- I'll see you there on the 25th at 7.   Checkout what's coming next to our wonderful non-profit theater in Charlottesville, Va.  http://www.theparamount.net/

- Rebecca

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