ONE NIGHT ONLY!
One of our most popular events EVER returns, this time as a bloodcurdling silent horror DOUBLE FEATURE!
Join us as “Austin’s most adventurous band”, The Invincible Czars, make their grand return to Buffalo to present LIVE scores to both DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1920) and F.W. Murnau’s NOSFERATU (1922)!!!
Over the years, The Invincible Czars have taken this show to premiere venues, indie movie theaters, and Alamo Drafthouses all over the country. This showing marks their 2nd appearance in Buffalo after a wildly successful show last October.
Wednesday 10/11 at 7:00 PM
(Nosferatu will start at 9:30 PM)
Single feature and double feature tickets are now available. NOTE: “VIP” is for the double feature: http://bit.ly/2fnL7Wy
“(The Invincibe Czars’) live Nosferatu silent film score is a brilliantly realized wedding of contemporary musical sensibility and technology with early 20th century cinema.”
-Chico News Review
Austin’s most adventurous band, The Invincible Czars, RETURN with their new tastefully modern score for the 1920 classic Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (starring John Barrymore) and the 1922 German silent film Nosferatu (1922 F.W. Murnau). This tour follows a string of sold-out and full houses all across the country in years past.
Fans, theaters and media have praised The Invincible Czars for making the near century-old movie “actually scary” for modern day audiences with their cinematic sensibility and precise performances.
But the group was reluctant to create a score for Nosferatu at first. Nosferatu is one of the most popular and best known films of the silent era and new scores by metal bands, DJs, orchestras and other silent film accompaniment groups abound. The Czars didn’t think the world needed anymore scores for Nosferatu but after a year of requests from theaters and fans, they decided try to watch the movie again and see brainstorm ideas.
With all the other scores out there, they knew theirs needed to be as different as possible while stil complementing the film. Using a mix of acoustic and electric instruments helped as did tasteful sounds inspired by modern day horror films. But the real stand-out is wind player Leila Henley’s otherworldly vocals.
The Invincible Czars always borrow music from the classical realm for use in their silent film scores. For Nosferatu, they chose Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances” in a nod to the fictional Count Orlock’s home turf and because Bartok versions were composed around the same time as the movie was made. Henley’s effect-laden soprano is often mistaken for a theremin on “Buciumeana / Romanian Dace IV”
ABOUT DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE (1920):
Starring John Barrymore, Drew Barrymore’s grandfather!
Based on the Robert Louis Stevenson novella, this is movie is considered to be the first important American horror film by many.
Dr. Jekyll attempts to use science to separate his good and evil personalities with dire results. This is the Czars created their most understated, minimal soundtrack to match the introspective, philosophical nature and incorporated music by Eric Satie and Claude Debussy.
ABOUT NOSFERATU (1922):
Nosferatu is one of the most revered films in the history of cinema and certainly the most important horror film of the silent era though it was almost completely lost when the estate of Bram Stoker sued the filmmakers for copyright infringement and most of the prints of the movie were destroyed.
The film tells the story of Hutter and Ellen, a couple from the village of Wisborg. Hutter travels to Transylvania to sell a piece of property in Wisborg to Count Orlok. Hutter stays in Orlok’s castle only to learn that the Count is a vampire. Orlok purchases a house next to Hutter’s, locks Hutter in the castle and travels to Wisborg. On the way, he manages to possess Hutter’s employer and Ellen and strike the village with an outbreak of the plague. Hutter rushes home to stop him before it’s too late.