A special screening of F. W. Murnau's 1926 German silent film Faust will be presented on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 7:30 PM in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, with live piano accompaniment by Patrick Miller, Associate Professor of Music Theory, The Hartt School, University of Hartford. The screening is open to the public. There is no advanced reservation seating,and admission is free
F. W. Murnau is remembered today as one of the founding titans of world cinema. His German and American silent films continue to inspire and to be studied for their technical innovation and visionary artistry. Faust: Eine deutsche Volkssagewas planned as a monumental UFA film production with an extraordinary budget and a worldwide release. A renowned international cast was assembled with Emil Jannings as Mephisto with Swedish star Gösta Ekman in the title role. Camilla Horn made her screen debut as Gretchen. Throughout the production, Murnau planned on a highly stylized realization of the drama. Painstaking detail was taken in constructing complex models for the special effects, developing elaborate expressionistic sets and costumes, and devising innovative photographic techniques with fantastic makeup. The film is universally regarded as one of the great cinematic presentations of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s cautionary fable and one of the highpoints of German silent film.
The screening of Faust is a restoration by the F.W. Murnau Stiftung (Wiesbaden, Germany) of the original version of the film released in Germany in 1926 with a running time of 106 minutes. The extensive restoration involved years of arduous work with the collaboration of numerous international film archives. The film will be shown with Fraktur intertitles with new English subtitles.
Since 1982 Patrick Miller has performed his piano accompaniments for silent film screenings throughout New England with performances at the Wadsworth Atheneum, University of Hartford, University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut College, Mount Holyoke College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. He has studied silent film music at the George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Library of Congress and has accompanied the masterworks of American and international silent cinema.