Live Music and Film: Verdun, visions d'Histoire
23 November 2014
Australian Cinémathèque | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA)
Verdun, visions d’Histoire (Verdun, visions of History) 1928 is an epic silent film that recreates the 1916 Battle of Verdun, the longest and most devastating battle between France and Germany during World War One. Conceived as a pacifist statement to mark the tenth anniversary of Armistice Day, Léon Poirier’s film used soldiers and regiments based in the northern French city to realistically depict the horrors of the battlefield. This special screening of the 2006 restoration by La Cinémathèque de Toulouse will be presented with live piano accompaniment by acclaimed international composer and pianist Hakim Bentchouala- Golobitch. It is the first in a series of commemorative exhibitions and screenings at QAGOMA marking the 100th anniversary of World War One.
This screening is presented in collaboration with Alliance française de Brisbane and with the generous assistance of the Embassy of France in Australia.
Sun 23 Nov 2.00pm / Cinema A
35MM (2006 RESTORATION BY LA CINÉMATHÈQUE DE TOULOUSE), BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 160 MINUTES, FRANCE, FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: LÉON POIRIER / CAST: ALBERT PRÉJEAN, JEANNE MARIE-LAURENT, SUZANNE BIANCHETTI / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GEORGES MILLION / PRODUCTION COMPANY: COMPAGNIE UNIVERSELLE CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUE / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: LA CINÉMATHÈQUE DE TOULOUSE
Presented with live piano accompaniment
'An epic French film begun by the pioneering director Léon Poirier (French, 1884–1968) on the tenth anniversary of one of the most devastating battles of World War I—the Battle of Verdun of February 1916— it chronicles the ferocity of the war and its tremendous human toll. Poirier seamlessly meshed documentary footage with his meticulous restagings. Finished as a silent film in 1927, Verdun was eclipsed by the coming of sound. When Poirier finished a sound version in 1931, its reception was further muted by a resurgence of nationalism in both France and Germany.' MoMA
AGES 18+: The Australian Cinémathèque programs include films that have not been officially classified in Australia. These films have been listed as Ages 18+ in accordance with Australian Classification Board guidelines.