In my sense of entertainment, you can't beat live music to silent film - unless maybe you add live action painting to the live music being performed to the silent film.
An ignorant and dismissive person - if that type survives in St. Louis after we rallied 100,000 people to cheer on Barack Obama! - might assume you can't get there from here. But yes, you can.
At 8 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 30 local artist Chris Sagovac will complete a live abstract expressionist painting influenced by the movements, shadows and mood of F.W. Murnau’s, Nosferatu, accompanied by The Alloy Orchestra's live score.
Murnau's film is a darling of the live music/silent film revival - I've seen three different live scores performed to it, including Alloy's - and provides the prime subtext to Werner Herzog's film of the same name. Max Schreck's epochal Dracula performance for Murnau was the major inspiration for one of Klaus Kinski's unforgettable performances for Herzog.
Carlos Garza and Rich O'Meara of Silent Orchestra, who also have scored the film, cite Murnau's "use of superimposed images, negative images, and the oddly angled castle architecture" in offering his film as a masterpiece of German Expressionism. That sounds about right.
At Thursday's screening, in addition to the presentation of the film, a smaller synchronized projection will be utilized in the creation of the painting. I take it that the artist paints around a projection of the film on the canvas.
The painting I borrowed from Sagovac's website and posted above is titled The Living Dead; my guess is it was painted around a projection of the zombie movie of that name. I'd guess the same about his painting American Psycho.
I don't know anything about this guy, but a quick scan of his blog turns up a recent trip to the San Diego comic convention and ongoing work in comics and film. He also teaches at Webster. Sounds like a cool guy with a lot on the ball.
No surprise: This is a presentation of The Webster University Film Series, which is every bit as compelling as a film series needs to be.
Admission is $6 for the general public. The screening will be held in Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves.