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A film concert out in the open.
Torgallmenningen is turned into Bergen's largest outdoors cinema and venue for the classic monster movie Frankenstein (1931), accompanied by the Bergen Symphonic Band (Dragefjellets Musikkorps) playing music by American composer and conductor Michael Shapiro.
It's 200 years since Mary Shelley's gothic first novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus (1818) was published anonymously. A large number of movies have been inspired by the novel, but English director James Whales' version from 1931 remains the unrivalled Classic. The story itself is well known: Dr. Frankenstein gives life to a monster and must face the challenge of dealing with the ensuing trail of tragic incidents. And even now, in our modern day, the story seems relevant as creative exertions still may lead to unexpected consequences.
The film makes little use of suggestive music, it lets the dialogue speak for itself instead. 70 years after the movie was made, Shapiro wrote a special score suited for the intense story. His film music was performed for the first time the year after at Lincoln Center's Film Center in New York, and the concert in Bergen will be the first performance of the work in Europe.
"It is one of the strangest stories ever told. It deals with the two great mysteries of creation, life and death. I think it will thrill you. It might even shock you. It might even horrify you ... " – FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
Frankenstein (1931)
First European performance of Michael Shapiro's music
Michael Shapiro composer, conductor | The Bergen Symphonic Band (Dragefjellets Musikkorps)
Language: English with Norwegian subtitles
In collaboration with Bergen International Film Festival

  • Last Updated: 02/16/2018
  • Source: Bergen Reiselivslag

Wed, May 23, 2018 9:30 PM 10:45 PM

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