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J.S. Zamecnik Weekend! Daniel Goldmark introduces


United States | 1927 | William A. Wellman

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Cleveland-born silent-movie composer J.S. Zamecnik (1872-1953) wrote the score for the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, a super-production about WWI fighter pilots. Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, “It Girl” Clara Bow, and Gary Cooper star. The movie focuses on two American flyboys who love the same woman, and each other, and airplanes (not necessarily in that order). The thrilling aerial sequences and battle scenes are authentic as well as spectacular; director Wellman spent the First World War as a member of the Lafayette Flying Corps, a group of American pilots who flew for the French. Wings was fully restored for Paramount Pictures’ 100th anniversary a decade ago. This restoration preserves not only the original 1927 color tinting but also Zamecnik’s original music score, which was re-orchestrated and recorded. Daniel Goldmark, Head of Popular Music Studies at CWRU and an expert on early film music, will introduce the feature. “(Justifies) almost every adjectival extravagance.” –Time Out Film Guide. DCP. 139 min

Special admission $12; members, students, and those age 25 & under $9. No passes or twofers. At 4 pm today at CWRU, there will be a free colloquium on the career and music of J.S. Zamecnik entitled “Silent Film Scoring for Working Musicians.” It will feature both Daniel Goldmark and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra’s Rodney Sauer (see 2/19 at 7:30).

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