Douglas Fairbanks in ‘Robin Hood’ with Les Sorciers Perdus: Classic silent film accompanied by live music
The classic silent film with Douglas Fairbanks in Robin Hood (1922) will be presented as a special screening with live music accompaniment by the quartet Les Sorciers Perdus on Sunday, July 15, at 3 p.m., at the Strand Theatre, in Rockland.
Trumpeter/composer Mark Tipton leads Les Sorciers Perdus in this performance of his original score for Robin Hood, blending contemporary jazz, folk and classical styles to portray in music the epic visual scope of the film.
Considered director Allan Dwan’s masterpiece, the film stars Douglas Fairbanks as Robin Hood, Enid Bennett as Lady Marian Fitzwalter, Wallace Beery as King Richard The Lion-Hearted, and Sam De Grasse as Prince John.
Set in 12th-Century Nottingham, complete with a towering castle designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, Lloyd Wright, the enormous sets were said to have overwhelmed Fairbanks at first sight – to the point where he nearly canceled production.
The sets, as well as the meticulous costumes and more than 1,200 extras contributed greatly to the film’s nearly $1 million budget, a fortune in its time.
Considered a “lost film” until the 1960s, this gorgeous restoration by the George Eastman House and the Museum of Modern Art in 2009 will appeal to silent film neophytes and film cognoscenti, alike.
Les Sorciers Perdus specializes in performing new works by director Mark Tipton, including jazz and contemporary works, performance art installations, and original silent film scores.
Mark Tipton - trumpet
Ryan Blotnick - guitar
Tyler Heydolph - bass, and
Beau Lisy - drums
LSP has performed at Bowdoin and Colby Colleges, SPACE Gallery, the Waterville Opera House, and The Grand in Ellsworth, and has been featured in the Portland Press Herald, on Maine Public Radio, and on WCSH-6. Highlights in their 2018 schedule include: "The Phantom Carriage" at The Grand, "Safety Last!" and "Robin Hood" at The Strand, "7th Heaven" at the Maine International Film Festival, and a Summer 2018 Maine Tour.
Trumpeter/Composer Mark Tipton has toured the U.S. and Europe, has performed with Maria Schneider, David Liebman, Ray Barretto, and Quincy Jones, and teaches at Bowdoin College and the University of Maine in Orono. He holds a BM from Oberlin Conservatory and an MM from Mannes College of Music, and has composed over a dozen full-length silent film scores, as well as works for jazz band, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, and orchestra.
Guitarist/Composer Ryan Blotnick has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, has performed with Bill McHenry, Kresten Osgood, and Lee Konitz, and has released several critically-acclaimed jazz albums. He holds degrees from William Patterson University and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen.
Bassist Tyler Heydolph has been active around the New England jazz and improvised music scene for over a decade. He can be heard on Les Sorciers Perdus' debut album, "Alchemist's Dream" and drummer Alex Snydman's "Fortunate Action."
Southwest Harbor based drummer Beau Lisy has studied jazz and African drumming extensively, teaches at the Ellsworth Community Music Institute, and performs with Up Ensemble, Mike Bennett and Balantama, and Paul Sullivan.
The film is not rated. Tickets are $15/Advance, $18/Door. For more information, visit www.rocklandstrand.com. Tel: (207) 594-0070 EX 3 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, ME 04841