Musicians from the North have joined forces with Iceland contemporaries to create a new score for the destructive story of a young woman in a silent film classic from the time of the Weimar republic in Germany.
It may seem a bit pompous to claim that one is breathing new life into the North of England arts scene, but at the same time it would be Northern to also claim that you are the most exciting opera scene in England. However, once you hear the autumn programme that includes the score for the silent film from the twenties composed by an Icelandic classical composer it is a bit easier to forgive them for the big claims.
Although Pandora’s Box was widely ignored and criticised back when it was first released in 1929, the movie today is thought of as a cult classic due to its mixture of sexuality that was far advanced for the time and the fact that it offered the public one of the very first on screen lesbian roles. Most likely it could still shock audiences today with the same subject matter.
Pandora’s Box is the story of an amoral young prostitute named Lulu and really shows off how beautiful Louise Brooks can be when the conditions come together correctly. With plenty of live improvised melodies and some beautiful musical accompany the result is a very intense cinematic experience brought to viewers by Opera North.
The entire film score was written by cellist and composer Hildur Gudnadottir and Johann Johannsson. It will be staged live with the score playing live along with the film at several different locations creating a very fresh experience for movie buffs.