International film-music scholar Gillian B. Anderson will discuss the musical score of D.W. Griffiths Way Down East in a public talk at 11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 28) in Room 2520, Frieze Building.
The title of Andersons lecture is Lillian on the Rocks or Ice in the Proper Position: Music and Image in D.W. Griffiths Way Down East.
Sponsored by the Program in Film and Video Studies, Andersons talk is a prelude to the screening of Griffiths silent-era film at 7 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 30) at the Michigan Theater.
Anderson, music librarian at the Library of Congress, will conduct the Michigan Symphonieta in a live musical accompaniment of the movie.
To see this film with a full symphony orchestra playing the original score is to feel as if one were witnessing film history, says Ira Konigsberg, director of the Program in Film and Video Studies. Its as if one were actually leaping back in time to the original milestone performance.
The 1920 box-office hit stars Lillian Gish as an innocent country girl who is seduced and abandoned by a city slicker, then saved by a kindly farmer. A famous scene in which Gish is trapped on an ice floe heading toward an ominous waterfall is referred to in the title of Andersons talk.
This is the third year that Anderson and the Michigan Symphonieta have appeared at the Michigan Theater, previously accompanying Douglas Fairbanks Thief of Bagdad and Griffiths Intolerance.
Movie tickets, $7$19, are available at the Michigan Theater box office, 668-8397. For more information on Andersons talk, call 764-0147.