Upcoming Film Concerts: BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, MODERN TIMES and BLANCANIEVES (December 2015)

Visionary Fables

Chaplin, Eisenstein and Snow White

Charles Chaplin and Sergei Eisenstein. The tramp and the revolutionary. Could we think about two more contrasting filmmakers? During Eisenstein's trip to Hollywood in 1930, both shared tennis matches and a mutual, longlasting admiration. Chaplin called BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN “the best film in the world”. Eisenstein showed his fascination with Chaplin in the essay Chaplin's Vision. "Eyes, able to see Dante’s Inferno or Goya’s Capriccio theme of MODERN TIMES in the forms of careless merriment? With what eyes does Charlie Chaplin look on life?" - Eisenstein wondered.
Sergei Eisenstein (left) and Charles Chaplin (right)
This December, the EUROPEAN FILMPHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE brings both masterpieces live to the concert halls of Hamburg and Munich. BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (1925) is presented with music by Dmitri Shostakovich, adapted by Frank Strobel and based on five of the composer's powerful symphonies; MODERN TIMES (1936) comes with Chaplin's original music score, which includes one of his most beloved melodies, "Smile".

Hamburg also welcomes a perfect successor to these visionary masterpieces: Pablo Berger's BLANCANIEVES (2012), a striking retelling of the Brothers Grimm's tale of Snow White set in Andalusia. Like Chaplin's satire of the mechanized world, Berger's film is deliberately conceived as a silent film produced after the silent period. Alfonso Vilallonga's arresting score, which includes a Flamenco ensemble, plays an essential role in BLANCANIEVES' unique amalgam of the most sophisticated aesthetic's of the 20's, from Surrealism to Soviet montage, from Eisenstein's truculence to Chaplinesque tenderness.

03.12.2015 - Hamburg, Laeiszhalle, 20:30
BLANCANIEVES (Pablo Berger, Spain, 2012)
Music by Alfonso Vilallonga
Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Frank Strobel


04.12.2015 and 05.12.2015 - Hamburg, Kampnagel, 20:00
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN (Sergei Eisenstein, USSR, 1925)
Music by Dmitri Shostakovich (adapted by Frank Strobel)
NDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Stefan Geiger


05.12.2015 - Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig, 20:00
MODERN TIMES (Charles Chaplin, USA, 1936)
Music by Charles Chaplin (restored by Timothy Brock)
Orchester des Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz conducted by Helmut Imig

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MODERN TIMES (© Roy Export Company S.A.S)
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BLANCANIEVES (© Arcadia Motion Pictures)

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