The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation is proud to invite you to a truly unique experience--a screening of the 1929 masterpiece silent film The New Babylon with the live PostClassical Ensemble orchestra playing Shostakovich’s groundbreaking score. This showing will take place on March 30 and 31 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The movie, directed by Grigory Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg, is one of the pinnacles of silent Soviet cinema, with excellent acting and a riveting love story that takes places against the backdrop of the turbulent events of the Franco-Prussian War and the 1871 Paris Commune. Stylistically, the directors sought to bridge the gap between different forms of art and drew inspiration from American director D. W. Griffith and English actor Charlie Chaplin.
The movie also provided the opportunity for Dmitry Shostakovich to write his first film score—a task in which he excelled, initiating his creative partnership with the celebrated director Grigory Kozintsev for decades to come. Shostakovich’s incredibly complex score was lost shortly after the film’s premiere but was rediscovered after the composer’s death in 1975.
Performing Shostakovich’s powerful and theatrical composition will be the DC-based PostClassical Ensemble, “one of the most innovative” groups in the US, under direction of acclaimed conductor Angel Gil-Ordoñez. The Ensemble (which recently became Ensemble-in Residence at the Washington Cathedral) is known for seeking to infuse each performance with a sense of occasion, frequently integrating dance, theater, or film. After the performance, there will be an interactive discussion featuring American experts on Russian and Soviet music and cinematography.
The American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation is a proud partner and sponsor of this multifaceted event. With a ticket costing only $20 ($10 for students), we encourage you to reserve your spot now.
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You may also contact the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center by calling 301-495-6700.
We hope to see you there!
Save the Date:
Friday, March 30, at 8:30 PM & Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 PM
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD