photo by John Anderson

Best Local Film Trend

Silent Films with Live Musical Accompaniment

Austinites were lucky enough to see more than half a dozen scored "silents" this year. The Alamo Drafthouse gave us Guy Forsyth and friends doing Buster Keaton's The General, ST 37's retro-futurist take on Metropolis, and Nosferatu paired with the unclassifiable stylings of Brown Whörnet. Additionally, the Gypsies provided suitably eerie backup for Todd Browning's Unknown, the Golden Arm Trio roused the rabble with Battleship Potemkin, and Graham Reynolds did a stark solo piano accompaniment for Lillian Gish's The Wind. Factor in the privilege of hearing Gillian Armstrong conducting the restored score of Wings with a full orchestra at the Paramount, and you have Austin's most promising new film tradition.

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress, 512/472-5470
www.austintheatre.org

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