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Press Release: September 28, 2010

Media Contact: Anita Monga 510-843-4245, anita@silentfilm.org

For Immediate Release

Passion of Joan of Arc

VOICES OF LIGHT/
THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC
AN ORATORIO WITH SILENT FILM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2010
PARAMOUNT THEATRE, OAKLAND

The Pacific Film Archive, Paramount Theatre, and the Silent Film Festival are thrilled to announce a presentation of VOICES OF LIGHT/THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, an Oratorio with Silent Film on Thursday, December 2 at 7:30pm at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre. This event combines the performance of Richard Einhorn’s choral and orchestral work Voices of Light with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Dreyer’s depiction of the trial and execution of Joan of Arc is rightfully canonized as one of cinema’s masterpieces. The film combines the actual written records of the trial with a style that draws on French Impressionism, German Expressionism, and Soviet Montage to create a visually breathtaking and emotionally intimate portrayal of the young woman’s interrogation and last moments. As Joan, Maria Falconetti gives what “may be the finest performance ever recorded on film” (Pauline Kael).

The composition Voices of Light, scored by Richard Einhorn for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, “sublimely matches one of the great films of all time” (Chicago Sun-Times). Voices of Light will be conducted on December 2 by Dr. Mark Sumner and performed by a chorus of 200 voices and a twenty-two piece orchestra. Dr. Sumner and the University of California Alumni Chorus will be joined by the women of UC Berkeley’s Perfect Fifth; tenor soloist Daniel Ebbers and baritone soloist Martin Bell; and UC Men’s and Women’s Chorales.

For more information, please visit the Silent Film Festival.

For images, please contact:
Anita Monga, Artistic Director
Telephone: 510-843-4245
press@silentfilm.org

EVENT DETAILS

The Pacific Film Archive, Paramount Theatre, and Silent Film Festival present

Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc
An Oratorio with Silent Film
Music by Richard Einhorn, 1928 Film by Carl Theodor Dreyer
Conducted by Dr. Mark Sumner

Thursday, December 2
7:30pm
Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

WEBSITES:
Silent Film Festival
Pacific Film Archive
Paramount Theatre
Richard Einhorn

Press contact:
Anita Monga, Artistic Director
Telephone: 510-843-4245
anita@silentfilm.org


ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting treasures from the silent era with live musical accompaniment, to educate the public about silent film as an art form and as a culturally valuable historical record.

Silent filmmakers produced masterpieces and crowd-thrilling entertainments. Remarkable for their artistry and their inestimable value as historical documents, silent films show us how our ancestors thought, spoke, dressed and lived. It is through these films that the world first came to love movies, and learned how to appreciate them as art. They have influenced every generation of filmmakers, and continue to inspire audiences nearly a century after they were made.

The 6th Annual Winter Event will take place February 12, 2011 at the Castro Theatre.

The 16th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival will take place July 14-17, 2011 at the Castro Theatre. Reserve the date!

For more information, please visit the Silent Film Festival website.

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