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Pandora’s Box, silent film with live musical background

Bucharest’s Goethe Institute and the ‘George Enescu’ Philharmonic have announced an extraordinary event in which a silent film and live music will sit side by side – ‘Pandora’s Box’ in absolute premiere. The event is scheduled to take place on October 11, at 7 p.m., at the Romanian Athenaeum.
Pandora’s Box, featuring the National Romanian Orchestra under the direction of Stefan Geiger (Hamburg), comes as a follow-up of the success registered by “The Adventures of Prince Ahmed” in March 2013. The film is a German drama from 1929.
The literary sources – Frank Wedekind’s ‘Earth Spirit’ and ‘Pandora’s Box’ – inspired director Georg Wilhelm Pabst in what concerns the character Lulu and her gracious butterfly wings she uses to move around the elegant apartment of her lover Dr. Schon. She hugs all men, she pole dances, holding on to Rodrigo’s muscled arm, and at her wedding she dances not with her husband but with a beautiful woman instead. Pabst saw in Louise Brooks a particularly sensual actress, her eroticism and sensuality being however enveloped in an aura of innocence and purity.
The original soundtrack of this film was composed by Willy Schmidt-Gentner, one of the most prolific and successful German film soundtrack composers of the 1930s. Schmidt-Gentner style can be described as an engaging comic opera style.
‘Pandora’s Box,’ one of the trend-setting films of German cinema, nevertheless required a special musical score written to correspond to the structure of the period’s cinema orchestras, such as the ‘Gloriapalast’ in Berlin at the end of the 1920s. This is the reason why, at the invitation of the Goethe Institute, composer Dominik Schuster’s (Munich) new version is sought to be a “musical restitution.”
Answering this challenge, but also the invitation extended by the Goethe Institute, director Stefan Geiger and the Romanian National Orchestra present in an absolute premier the new musical score composed especially to accompany the original film.
Tickets can be bought at the Romanian Athenaeum.
Schedule: Tuesday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Telephone: 021.315.68.75
Organizers: Goethe Institute, Bucharest City Hall, CreArt – The Center for Art Creation and Tradition

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