Monday, January 23, 2012

Silent films and gypsy swing at Caltech Feb. 25

The Hot Club of San Francisco will present Cinema Vivant on Saturday, February 25, at 8 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.

Cinema Vivant is an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live Gypsy swing.

Before World War I, European filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz pioneered stop-action animation, creating a never-before-seen movie experience. A storyteller who used the new medium of animation to illuminate his fantastic imaginings of the secret lives of ordinary objects, Starewicz has become an obscure cult hero. Two Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant—The Cameraman’s Revenge, a piece about the marital troubles of beetles and The Mascot, an adventure story about lost toys. On the other side of the Atlantic, American Charley Bowers revolutionized the industry in the 1920s by combining animation with live action. There It Is, a recently rediscovered film by Bowers, is a comedy about a mysterious occurrence investigated by Scotland Yard.

Tickets to this performance are priced at $20; youth (high school age and younger): $10.00. Senior rush tickets will go on sale for $10.00, beginning one-half hour before the performance (subject to availability). Tickets can be purchased at the Caltech Ticket Office, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena.

Parking for Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena (south of Del Mar Boulevard). For further information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.

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