‘Nosferatu’: A different movie watching experience
The Jakarta Post
Can you imagine watching a horror movie–silent one, accompanied by a live performance by choir and orchestra? A mix of frightening and fine entertainment.
Spectators packed out the Teater Besar at Taman Ismail Marzuki Cultural Park in Central Jakarta on Saturday for a totally different experience in movie going. The screening of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror was accompanied by about 100 musicians from Capella Amadeus and the Batavia Madrigal Singers
A new score for the movie was composed by Pierre Oser, a musician and conductor of the concert, which was presented by the Goethe-Institut Jakarta and the German Embassy in as a continuation of the JERIN project (Germany and Indonesia: Creativity in Diversity).
Pierre Oser has an obsession with silent movies, a very special kind of art which comes from the traditions of music theatre.
“A silent movie needs a concert hall, an orchestra, a choir and an audience. It’s like an opera, it’s theatre. It is very different from a Hollywood blockbuster that you can watch on your DVD player at home,” said Pierre.
“I am proud to perform the world premiere of the new score together with so many amazing Indonesian singers and musicians in Jakarta and Bandung. I am excited to see the reaction of the Indonesian audience.”
In answer to his expectations, on the first day of the concert, the three tier hall was occupied with with a very international audiences plus a lot of Indonesians.
The 1922 movies Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (A Symphony of Horror) was one of the German horror classics directed by F. W. Murnau. It is an adaptation from Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula and is one of the first representative horror films. Nosferatu was born into the golden age of art and of the cinema itself. Murnau’s work is a theatrical symphony which unites all of the artistic aspects of his other work.
“It is one of the best movies of all time,” said film director Garin Nugroho, who opened the evening with an introduction and contextualization of the 90-year old classic. “Murnau once said, ‘I like the reality of things, but not without fantasy — they must dovetail’.”
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