Liberty Center to Host Silent Film Screening with Live Accompanist in February
The Liberty Center will host a screening of the silent film, Girl Shy on Thursday, February 9, with a live accompanist. Girl Shy is a romantic-comedy that was released in 1924. It stars silent-film era actors, Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston. Frederick Hodges will accompany with live music. Frederick Hodges is from California and a renowned historian of the silent film era.
He says, "There's an art, actually, to accompanying silent films. You need to respect the film and the culture and the music of the era. You can use appropriate music of the time, music printed in that year or before, but not modern music that didn't exist at that time."
According to Hodges, movie studios would frequently hire composers and music arrangers to produce 'Thematic Cue Sheets', telling the pianist what to play, or at least ideas and suggestions of what to play, at certain points in the film. "The aim is to fit the mood and support the action on the screen. I research everything and supply appropriate music. It's challenging and fun!" said Hodges.
Advance tickets are $10, and $12 at the door. The Liberty Center office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. You can also purchase tickets online at www.lcaasedalia.com. Or call the box office at 827-3228.
The show begins at 7:30 in the evening on February 9, 2017.