My thanks to John Riley for alerting me to these two videos. They depict the screening of Metropolis at the Seminci film festival in Valladolid, Spain, late October, when the Fritz Lang film was exhibited at the Miguel Delibes Auditorium with live orchestral accompaniment from the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León. Of itself, this might be of passing interest but nothing special. What pleases me is what these two festival-produced videos is what they capture of the atmosphere of a prestige silent screening. The first shows the audience arriving, chatting in the auditorium and taking their seats. It captures the sense of a cultural treat, the festival spirit. Brief as it is, it’s a people-watching treat.
And then the audience settles down, the orchestra takes its place, the conductor is applauded, the lights go down and the film begins. The second video captures such opening moments familiar to anyone who has attended a silent film show with orchestra, but there’s not much recorded of such events in this way, particularly the point where the film gets underway and we can see both orchestra and film on screen. It’s a brief record, but one worth sharing with you.
I`m Estrella Alonso, from Communication Department of Seminci (Valladolid Internacional Film Festival). I’m very glad to have found this news in your blog, I´m agree with you that the Metropolis show was gorgeous, but I need to tell you that it was celebrated in Miguel Delibes Auditorium. The Calderón Theatre is not big enough for this kind of performance (proyection with live orchestral accompaniment).
Thanks for your kind message
My apologies – I have changed the post. But it does look to have been a gorgeous show, as you say.