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Soviet Silent Film with a Live Contemporary Score

(Courtesy of composer)

Live scores to silent films may sound like a thing of the past. But in recent years, musicians have been composing new scores to reexamine older films in modern sonic and social contexts. This week, IU Cinema will screen the 1929 Soviet silent film Man with a Movie Camera, with a live score by the Austin, Texas-based group Montopolis. Producer Violet Baron talked with the group’s composer, Justin Sherburn, about the significance of the Ukrainian-made classic in this political moment, and music’s ability to blend history with new ways of thinking. Listen to the conversation above.

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