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Synchronized Pantomimes / Early Animations
Synchronized Music: Pantomime’s Influence on Moving Pictures

September 4 at 2:00
East Building Auditorium

Lecture by Gillian B. Anderson

By focusing on pantomime and cinema music and timing practices, Gillian Anderson challenges the notion that synchronized sound arrived only with the so-called talking picture. She suggests that non-diegetic music is an archeological relic of film music’s origins in pantomime. Anderson is a conductor and noted authority on historic film scores. She is the author of Music for Silent Films 1894–1929: A Guide. She recently translated into English Ennio Morricone and Sergio Miceli’s Composing for the Cinema: The Theory and Praxis of Music in Film. (Approximately 50 minutes)

still from Broken Blossoms
courtesy United Artists/Photofest


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