Silent ‘Robin Hood,’ tuneful Sorciers

Jul 06, 2018
Mark Tipton, left, has scored another silent film, Douglas Fairbanks’ “Robin Hood.

Rockland — The classic silent adventure “Robin Hood” (1922, USA) starring Douglas Fairbanks will be presented as a special screening with live music accompaniment by the quartet Les Sorciers Perdus Sunday, July 15, at 3 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Trumpeter/composer Tipton leads Les Sorciers Perdus in this performance of his original score for “Robin Hood,” blending contemporary jazz, folk and classical styles to portray in music the epic visual scope of this two-hour-plus film.

Considered director Allan Dwan’s masterpiece, the film stars Fairbanks as Robin Hood, Enid Bennett as Lady Marian Fitzwalter, Wallace Beery as King Richard The Lion-Hearted and Sam De Grasse as Prince John. The film is set in 12th-century Nottingham, with a towering castle designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son that was said to have overwhelmed Fairbanks at first sight, to the point where he nearly canceled production.  The sets, as well as the meticulous costumes and more 1,200 extras, contributed greatly to the film’s nearly $1 million budget, a fortune in its time. Considered a “lost film” until the 1960s, “Robin Hood” was gorgeously restored by the George Eastman House and the Museum of Modern Art in 2009.

Les Sorciers Perdus (LSP) specializes in performing new music by director Tipton, including jazz and contemporary works, performance art installations and original silent film scores. Members include Tipton, trumpet; Ryan Blotnick, guitar; Tyler Heydolph, bass; and Beau Lisy, drums. LSP will play the Centerpiece Gala of the 2018 Maine International Film Festival Wednesday, July 18, at the Waterville Opera House (for more information, visit miff.org).

“Robin Hood” is not rated. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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