Scene of Varieté (1925) by Dupont and ensemble Capella Obscura
The 16th edition of the Karlsruhe Silent Film Festival finished a couple of days ago, on the 18th of March: precisely the day before the anniversary of cinema itself. In 1985, indeed, the Lumière Brothers were recording the so-called “first movie of cinema history”. Silent, of course. And here we are, more than one century afterwards, still celebrating those incredible first 20 years of silent cinema. “Silent”, at least if we consider recorded sound, since sound was actually always present, especially concerning voices, noises and live music. This time the music accompaniment has been handled by the ensemble Capella Obscura , directed by the musician and composer Cornelia Brugger and including about 20 musicians.
Behind them, in front of the audience, Dupont’s masterpiece Varieté.