Friday, October 19, 2007

Black and White with Color

Last night I attended a benefit for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, featuring CABINET OF DOCTOR CALIGARI, "one of the first and eeriest movies ever committed to film, a 1919 classic that paved the way for fright films for years to come. Traveling sideshows, suspicious hypnotists, creepy fortune-telling sleepwalkers and, yes, murder abound - all tied together with some of the pointiest, most insanely surreal sets ever designed." The film was accompanied by an original score written and performed live by three time “Best Jazz Band of the Seacoast” award winning ensemble “Color”. A harmonious balance of visual and auditory stimuli, the sets were painterly and the improvisation was impressive.

The show was presented by the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. Sponsored by The Wire and River Run Bookstore, with special thanks to The New Hampshire Gazette.