Silent Score: Boister plays D.W. Griffith's Intolerance
Baltimore’s chamber pop darlings, Boister, celebrate the 100th anniversary of DW Griffith's magnum opus, Intolerance, with a masterful score to one of the great films of the silent era of cinema.
The band’s film scores for classics by D.W. Griffith and Buster Keaton have been hailed by film critics Roger Ebert, Michael Sragow, and The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday. Commissions include the Virginia Film Festival (Keaton’s Seven Chances); the Walters Art Museum (Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr.); The Maryland Institute College of Art (Griffith’s Intolerance); the Maryland Film Festival (Love, starring Greta Garbo); the Evergreen House at Johns Hopkins University (Keaton’s Our Hospitality), and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Lantern Towers and Magic Shadows, an original collaboration with shadow puppeteers Nana Projects).
D. W Griffith’s 1916 epic silent film, Intolerance, is one of the great masterpieces of the silent era and motion picture history. It has been called the first "art film" and has strongly influenced European film movements, despite its lack of commercial success in the U.S. Made partly in response to criticism of Griffith's previous film, The Birth of a Nation, a film condemned for perpetuating racial stereotypes and glorifying the Klan, this work intercuts four separate stories about man's inhumanity to man. In Babylon, pacifist Prince Belshazzar is brought down by warring religious factions; in Judea, the last days of Christ are depicted in the style of a Passion play; in France, Catherine de Medici presides over the slaughter of the Huguenots, and in California, a woman pleads for the life of her husband when he is sentenced to hang for a murder he did not commit.
8pm | $25, $22 mbrs. | + $3 at the door
See vignettes from the premiere performance at the MICA in 2011; also included is a short clip of Martin Scorsese explaining the historical importance of the film.
"Boister creates a fugue-like convergence of styles and story lines that collide into jarring dissonance only to resolve into goosebump-inducing harmonies." -Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Boister, ‘Intolerance,’ and the Art of the Amazing Convergence
"Boister's sound is wonderful...and their timing is spot on!" -Roger Ebert, after the Virginia Film Festival screening of Steamboat Bill, Jr.
"Boister's score for Intolerance is a masterpiece!" -Linda DeLibero, Director, Program in Film and Media Studies, Johns Hopkins University
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