The Fire Brigade
Spectacular color effects have been restored to this rip-roaring tale of a tightknit group of firefighters who modestly bear their birthright to heroism. When a corrupt real estate developer endangers a neighborhood orphanage these men come valiantly together to fulfill their destinies.
Restoration by the Library of Congress and The Film Foundation in 2021. Funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.
Live music by Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius
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.
Frank Bockius 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 the 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.
Images credit: Pamela Gentile