Cameraman Karl Brown made his debut as director with this proto-neorealist portrayal of young love among the hardscrabble Appalachians of North Carolina—minus the “rural nostalgia” Brown despised. Beautifully shot on location in the Great Smoky Mountains with a nonprofessional cast, Stark Love presents a time-honored way out for its besieged protagonists—education.
35mm print from the 2011 digital restoration by The Museum of Modern Art with support from The Celeste Bartos Fund for Film Preservation
Live music by Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius
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.
Versatile percussionist Frank Bockius specializes in jazz and is versed in medieval, flamenco, and Latin music styles. He has performed for dance and theater companies as well as in his own bands, including the jazz quintet Whisper Hot and the percussion ensemble Timpanicks. He joined Guenter Buchwald’s Silent Movie Music Company twenty years ago and has since performed for silent films at festivals in Kyoto, Pordenone, and Sodankylä, Finland. He made his first appearance at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in 2014.
Image credit: Pamela Gentile