POSTED: Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 12:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — On Friday, August 30, Baton Rouge Gallery’s ("BRG") popular and inventive summer film series presents one of the most haunting and enduring films of the silent era, "Nosferatu," set to a live, never-before-heard score for the film performed by Baton Rouge’s own England in 1819. The film will be shown on a towering inflatable screen on the lawn behind BRG inside BREC’s historic City Park. As always, the screening begins at 8 p.m. (or sundown – whichever comes last) and the $5 price of admission includes free bottomless popcorn.
This year’s Movies & Music on the Lawn series includes five unique marriages of film and music, breathing new life into iconic silent films with some of southern Louisiana’s best contemporary musicians. Diversity is embraced this year with films ranging from the romantic to the unsettling, the comedic to the action-packed. The same is true of the music with styles like jazz and funk, bluegrass, indie pop and ambient chamber rock all playing a part in the year’s series.
The gallery is honored to partner with Whole Foods Market, Theatre Baton Rouge, BR Motion and John G. Turner & Jerry G. Fischer as sponsors of this year’s series. It is through their generosity that the gallery is able to continue to bring this unique event to the community again in 2013.
Admission to Movies & Music on the Lawn is always free for BRG members and just $5 for non-members. Free, unlimited popcorn is included in the price of admission. The screening begins at 8 p.m. (or sunset – whichever comes last).
Perhaps the most well-known work by German Expressionist filmmaker F.W. Murnau, Nosferatu (1922) stars Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film is an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" that begins in the Carpathian mountains with real estate agent Thomas Hutter seeking to close a sale with the reclusive Orlok. The film follows as Orlok travels to Bremen, Germany with a series of mysterious deaths left in his wake. Hutter’s wife, armed with knowledge of his vampiric nature and a strategy to end his life, sets out to put an end to Nosferatu.
In 1997, famed film critic Roger Ebert wrote of the film, "Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in clichés, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and more than 30 other films. The film is in awe of its material. It seems to really believe in vampires. Is Murnau's ‘Nosferatu’ scary in the modern sense? Not for me. I admire it more for its artistry and ideas, its atmosphere and images, than for its ability to manipulate my emotions like a skillful modern horror film. It knows none of the later tricks of the trade, like sudden threats that pop in from the side of the screen. But ‘Nosferatu’ remains effective: It doesn’t scare us, but it haunts us."
Providing a live, never-before-heard soundtrack for the film will be Baton Rouge’s own England in 1819. The band is the collaborative project of Andrew and Dan Callaway and their father Liam. The elder Callaway honed his talents amidst the burgeoning New Wave scene of Athens, Georgia in the late Seventies with Andrew and Dan later studying in conservatories in Ohio. The three have combined their talents into a band that combines classical emotion, indie perspective and post-rock intensity with haunting lyrics and massive chamber rock unfurling in sweeping, evocative surges of sound. More information about the band can be found at englandin1819.com.
Movies & Music on the La wn series will wrapup its 2013 season with Clara Bow starring as the original "it girl" in "It" with music from bluegrass darlings Polly Pry (Friday, Sept. 27).
For more information on Baton Rouge Gallery’s Movies & Music on the Lawn series, call 225-383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.