1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

SEASHELL & THE CLERGYMAN

With Live Solo Cello Score by Lori Goldston

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May 1st, 2010
Screened at CINEMA BOREALIS

LORI GOLDSTON will perform her solo cello score to Germaine Dulac’s silent surrealist classic THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN (LA COQUILLE ET LE CLERGYMAN, 1928, 40 min, 16mm). The story, devised by Antonin Artaud, depicts the dark erotic fantasizes of a clergyman obsessed with another man’s wife. Full of bewitching in-camera tricks, THE SEASHELL is a fever dream of desire that eschews traditional narrative for a rich visual lyricism. So sensual for its age the British censor of the time banned it with the legendary words, ‘If this film has a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable.’

LORI GOLDSTON’s restless curiosity and the adaptive sounds of her cello blur the lines of genre, time and geography. Her music reflects broad, layered interests and feelings, from fierce humor to focused chaos to hauntingly tender melancholy.

Recent projects include work with doom metal band Earth, her own bands Spectratone International, the Shifting Light and However; a score for Linas Phillips’s film BASS AKWARDS, which premiered at Sundance this year, and a live score for Ozu’s 1933 silent film PASSING FANCY, which was commisioned by and premierde at WNYC’s New Sounds Live in February.

Co-founder with partner Kyle Hanson of The Black Cat Orchestra, Lori is a frequent collaborator in dance, film and music from other disciplines. She has played with Nirvana, David Byrne, Cat Power, Earth, Mirah, John Doe, the Wedding Present, Laura Veirs, Larry Barrett, the Dead Science and many others.

Also screening and accompanied on cello:
DOWN IN THE DEEP (LE PeCHEUR DE PERLES, 1907, 12 min, 16mm)
by Ferdinand Zecca

GHOSTS BEFORE BREAKFAST (VORMITTAGSSPUK, 1928, 6 min, 16mm)
by Hans Richter



Filed under: film, performance

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