An evening celebrating French-American friendship!
Thursday, April 6, 2017
About the Quartet
Join us for a special ciné-concert to commemorate the centennial of the United States' April 6, 1917 entry into World War I.
To mark this historic occasion, FIAF and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy will present a special screening of the American classic Wings. One of the last great films of the silent era, Wings won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture in 1929.
The beautifully restored film will be accompanied by a live performance by France's Prima Vista Quartet, world renowned for their live accompaniment to silent films. Supplemented by Matthias Champon on trumpet and Cédric Barbier on percussion, they will perform a score composed by the group's violist Baudime Jam.
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Directed by William Wellman, 1927
B&W. 144 mins. DCP.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in the Meuse, William Wellman’s epic masterpiece is the story of two men who enlist to join allied troops in France and the girl they’ve left behind. Featuring thrilling aerial battle scenes and breathtaking camera work, this tale of friendship and love, rivalry and heroism stars screen siren Clara Bow alongside Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, and the legendary Gary Cooper in a cameo appearance.
Prima Vista Quartet
"... the best silent film accompaniment I've heard." — Variety
"A moment of grace... For the first time, this film concert, far from being a mere attraction, was a revelation. Image and score merged, emotion and music were symbiotic, in perfect harmony, deeply relevant and delicate..." —
Gan Foundation for Cinema
"The musicians magnified the cinematic lyricism in all its melodramatic and epic nuances, literally restoring life to the film. Prima Vista gives a musical voice to silence."
With over 2,000 performances to its credit, the Prima Vista Quartet has become a benchmark in the world of cinema concerts, performing musical accompaniment to silent films. They have explored genres as diverse as slapstick, expressionism, social realism, historical melodrama, animation, and documentary, working with French, American, German, Russian, and Chinese films.
For 20 years, the Prima Vista Quartet has interpreted original scores composed by Baudime Jam. The four musicians—Elzbieta Gladys (violin), Amélie Paradis (violin), Baudime Jam (viola), and Ladislav Szathmary (cello)—sometimes joined by guest artists, have performed in festivals in France, elsewhere in Europe (Germany, England, Spain, Italy, Poland, Russia), and around the world (USA, Africa, China). Today, they are the leading contemporary string quartet to accompany silent films, celebrating the tradition and aesthetics created by the pioneers of the cinematic arts in the 1920s.
Co-presented with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy with support from the French Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale and the US WWI Centennial Commission
Part of the French Embassy’s year-long centennial commemoration program How 1917 Changed the World
Presented under the patronage of His Excellency Gerard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, and Loree Sutton, Commissioner at the New York City Department of Veterans Affairs
Special thanks to the AFS Intercultural Programs
Program Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, American Society of the French Legion of Honor, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermès Foundation within the framework of the New Settings Program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery