Dans la Nuit
A mining disaster upends the life of newlyweds in this extraordinary late silent-era film, directed by and starring Charles Vanel. While it passed without much notice upon its release, his labor of love displays not only technical bravura but also sincere feeling for the working-class France of Vanel’s upbringing.
Restoration by Institut Lumière
Supported by French Cultural Services, Villa Albertine San Francisco
Live music by Stephen Horne
Based at London’s BFI Southbank, Stephen Horne is considered one of the leading silent film accompanists working today and his music has met with acclaim worldwide. Principally a pianist, he often incorporates other instruments into his performances, sometimes playing them simultaneously. He has recorded music for DVD releases and television broadcasts of silent films and regularly performs internationally.
Image credit: Pamela Gentile