The Alloy Orchestra, a hit on their first appearance at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2006 with "The Phantom of the Opera", will return next month for the 12th annual fest.
Called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films" by noted film critic Roger Ebert, the Alloy Orchestra will perform their original scores to Buster Keaton's 1926 film, "The General," and Dziga Vertov's "Man with a Movie Camera," made in 1929. The films, accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, will be presented on 35mm film at Malco's Studio on the Square on Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 pm and 8 pm respectively.
Tickets are $15 for each performance and will go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 16 at www.indiememphis.com. Indie Memphis members may purchase their tickets for $12 each beginning on Monday, Sept. 14.
The performances are made possible through the support of Dorothy Kirsch, and are being co-presented by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
"The General," directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, is considered one of the greatest films of the silent era. The film runs 79 minutes and will be backed by the Alloy Orchestra's newest score. The performance will feature a stunning new 35mm print, derived from the original camera negative in the Rohauer Collection.
"Man with a Movie Camera" was directed by Dziga Vertov and is often cited as the Alloy Orchestra's best score. Written by the Alloy Orchestra in 1995 with the assistance of Vertov's own composer notes and with the help of film scholars Yuri Tsavian and Paolo Cherchi Usai, the film returns to Alloy's touring repertoire after for more than a decade with a gorgeous new 35mm print from the Moscow Film Archive, Gosfilmofond. Banned in the Soviet Union on its original release, the 69-minute film has since become one of the most celebrated and influential films of all time.
The Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, which writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era. Alloy collaborates with some of the world's best archives and to present audiences with the very best available prints of some of history's greatest film.