Presented in collaboration with ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra will perform its new original score to the classic Harold Lloyd silent film comedy Safety Last! in Emerson's Cutler Majestic Theatre, live-to-picture. The score is made possible through a commission from the Coolidge Corner Theatre's Sounds of Silents™ program.
Safety Last! is widely considered one of the most enduring silent film classics of all time. The film features the acclaimed comedic genius Harold Lloyd and boasts an iconic image of cinematic history—that of Lloyd dangling from a giant clock on the side of a building over a bustling Los Angeles street. Lloyd, who joins the ranks of silent screen comic greats Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton (and actually led the pack as the biggest box office star), performed his own hilarious and daring stunt work. The result is a quintessential motion picture treasure, added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and meticulously preserved for decades by the Harold Lloyd estate. The Coolidge and Cutler Majestic will present a gorgeous new digital restoration from Janus Films, sourced from an original nitrate print.
The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Berklee College of Music, which boasts the world’s only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, the student orchestra composes its new works, and performs as an ensemble, under the leadership of professor of film scoring Sheldon Mirowitz (Outside Providence, Missing in America). To date, the BSFO has scored seven iconic silent features (Sunrise, It, Battleship Potemkin, Piccadilly, Faust, Our Hospitality, and Safety Last) all commissioned by the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline as part of the theater’s Sounds of Silents™ program, which champions silent film music performance. The recipient of a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics, the BSFO has also performed in the new Nantucket Dreamland Theater, and at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
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The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra presents an original musical score to Harold Lloyd’s 1923 silent film gem, Safety Last! The score was commissioned through the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Sounds of Silents program. Widely considered one of the most enduring silent film classics of all time, this performance will feature a gorgeous new digital restoration from Janus Films sourced from an original nitrate print.
The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO) is dedicated to composing new, original scores for silent feature classics, and performing them live-to-picture. Based at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, in the world’s only undergraduate degree program in film scoring, the student orchestra composes its new works and performs as an ensemble under the leadership of professor of film scoring Sheldon Mirowitz.
Watch a video about the making of the score for Safety Last! here:
Since 2010, the Coolidge’s Sounds of Silents initiative has commissioned seven original compositions from Berklee.