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Gary Lucas sells out the Silent Movie Theatre in Hollywood with "The Golem"!!
Just back from a wonderful trip to LA where I SOLD OUT the fantastic Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Ave. in Hollywood with "The Golem"--my live solo guita score accompanying this classic 1920 German horror film!
Just check this review from Debra Levine in ARTS MEME:
Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas, whom Rolling Stone calls “one of the best and most original guitarists in America,” performed his well-traveled and exceedingly harrowing score to “Der Golem,” the brilliant 1920 silent horror exemplar of German expressionism. The sold-out performance took place earlier this evening at The Cinefamily on Fairfax Avenue — speaking of ghostly Jewish populations.
And he scared the bejesus out of this nice Jewish girl. The guitar virtuoso’s stringed accompaniment of the progenitor ‘Jews-as-outsiders’ monster movie swapped between a sustained screech and a horrifying scream, and he traded, as well, between two guitars, one electric the other acoustic. Admitting that he improvised against established themes nearly half the time, Lucas had his way with his audience, ramping it up to aural freak-out zone during the movie’s most disturbing bits. I literally had to clutch at my heart the terror was coming so fast and furious.
A baroque nightmare of fantastic imagery, “The Golem” (Carl Boese & Paul Wegener, 1920, 86 min.) is the only surviving film from actor/filmmaker Paul Wegener’s series based on the 16th Century Bohemian folk legend of Prague. Played by Wegener himself, the astounding titular monster is molded from clay and brought to life by the Hebrew incantations of a rabbi wishing to defend a Jewish ghetto facing exile.
Steeped in 1920s controversy stemming from false accusations of occult endorsement and Weimar anti-Semitism, this dark, moody fable of a lumbering, lovelorn automaton became the inspiration for Boris Karloff’s portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster over a decade later.
Since debuting his live score in 1989, Gary has accompanied the film all across the globe in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Amsterdam, Berlin, Florence, Budapest, Toronto, St. Louis, Miami, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Krakow—and in Prague, home of Der Golem.
Monday July 17th was the date of the show. Joining me in the audience were my old friends Lucy Chase Williams, the biographer of legendary horror film actor Vincent Price--and Bill Moseley, himself a noted horror icon who appears in Rob Zombie's films "House of 1000 Cirpses" and "The Devil's Rejects". Bill and I used to run a midnight horror film society at Yale back in the 70's, which was quite a sensation there for several years. When we grduated we turned it over to Lucy! And here we all are today in Hollyweird on July 17th 2012
Here's another pic from the night, after the show:
all in all I had a wonderful time--and this is after some amazing gigs in Amsterdam in June--and also in Paris where my old friend Bruno Chatelin of FilmFest 21 come to see me perform at La Java, the club Edith Piaf once sang at!!
But that's another story...
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Live solo guitar performances accompanyng films during film festivals.
Spanish "Dracula"--1931, d. George Melford http://garylucas.com/www/dracula
"Esta Noite Encarnerei no Teu Cadaver (This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse)"--1967, d. Jose Mojica Marins http://garylucas.com/www/cadaver
"The Golem"--1920. d. Paul Wegener and Carl Boese http://garylucas.com/www/golem
"Sounds of the Surreal" --1923 and 1912, d. Fernand Leger, Rene Clair, and Ladislaw Starewicz http://garylucas.com/www/surr
"Monsters from the Id" - various clips from classic horror and sci fi films
"The Unholy Three"--1925, d. Tod Browning http://garylucas.com/www/unholy
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Gary Lucas plays his original solo guitar score live accompanying Spanish "Dracula" (1931, d. George Melford)
Gary Lucas Plays "The Unholy Three"--accompanying the Tod Browning/Lon Chaney silent film with original live solo guitar score
Gary Lucas Plays "Sounds of the Surreal"--accompanying 3 classic silent surrealist films with his original solo guitar scores