Sponsored by: American Express

Venue: Woolfe Street Playhouse

Duration: Approximately 1 hour


World Premiere
Original Music by Stephen Prutsman

In a similar vein to the Festival’s 2015 presentation of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, Cinema and Sound brings silent film shorts with original music composed by pianist Stephen Prutsman—known well to Bank of America Chamber Music audiences. The suspense, surrealism, and silliness of these three early films is perfectly suited for the Woolfe Street Playhouse, where Prutsman and a quartet from the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra will offer this charming and zany experience. The Cameraman’s Revenge (1910) is a clever marital comedy—a tale of bugs and their jealousies and infidelities. Suspense (1913) crosscuts between a woman under siege by a wandering criminal and a husband hurrying home to save her, if he can avoid the police. In Mighty Like A Moose (1926), Mr. and Mrs. Moose both decide to have a little corrective surgery on their faces without telling each other. Once they do, they each realize they can do better and set out to have an affair—hijinks ensue! Festival goers may remember Prutsman’s performance of his original score with Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior; as was true with those memorable performances, there is nothing quite like the magic of silent film and the creation of a live soundtrack.

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Cinema and Sound is co-commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA, Schubert Club, and Festival Mozaic, with generous support from Michael Hostetler and Erica Pascal.