Music in another form

The arts have always interconnected and influenced one another, whether it’s a result of admiration or friendship (or rivalry) between purveyors of various art forms, or a sort of “contact high” that affects artists in the vicinity of one another. Film, however, has always particularly depended on music for help in telling its tale, from all the way back to the virtuoso organists of the silent film era, to the modern soundtrack sales that continue to bolster box office numbers. We’re so used to hearing music in movies, in fact, that its absence can be startling, such as the way pure ambient noise was used in parts of last year’s Jane Eyre adaptation, or in some of the Dogme 95 (“Dogma”) films, based on rules devised by a pair of Danish filmmakers which embrace austerity and aim to create more authentic films. (These have been inconsistently successful, with the lack of musical score noted by audiences as one of the most jarring ‘features’.)

lbo_logoSo, it somehow makes sense that an opera company might also host a film series.
Long Beach Opera, following their own drummer as always, has been hosting Sunday-morning flicks for a couple of years, partnering with The Art Theatre to provide free admission and the option of a $10 ticket to a pre-show lecture and munchies. The proceedings start at a tolerable 11am, so some mild sleeping in isn’t out of the question, and programs range from filmed opera (last year’s Love for Three Oranges) to documentaries to films that feature music in a particularly fine way (next month’s The Piano from Jane Campion).

LBOpera Cinema takes place several times each year. This Sunday, artistic director Andreas Mitisek introduces a documentary that sets that tone for LBO’s upcoming Poulenc/Martinu pairing. Paris: The Luminous Years explores the period between 1905 and 1930, when the city was the center of modernist thought and development. Get on their mailing list for regular updates, and get there early for a great seat.
LBOpera Cinema presents
Paris: The Luminous Years
Sunday, October 30, 11am
Art Theatre Long Beach
2025 EAST 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
Admission to the film screening is free
$10 ticket (available at the door)
covers optional pre-show & refreshments

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