Past Events

Past EventsSunday, February 24

Hungry Hearts: Silent Film with Live Music Accompaniment

Laura Anstee, Robin Harris

Jewish Book Week audience enjoyed a silent melodrama with a brand new commissioned score performed live.

Considered one of the greatest Jewish Movies of all time, 'Hungry Hearts' is a 1922 silent movie adaptation of Ania Yezierska’s story of a Jewish family who escape Tsarist Russia, to find a better life in America. Shot on location in New York’s Lower East Side, the film is a tragic and wonderfully comic portrait of the era.

The soundtrack performed by Robin Harris and Laura Anstee is a dynamic fusion of original compositions, Klezmer melodies and live improvised selections performed on piano, trombone, lyra, tuba, mbira, cello and a few other surprises. 

Film restored with new English intertitles by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org

Robin Harris and Laura Anstee met while playing in She'koyokh Klezmer Ensemble.  They co-created a live score for the 1920 Classic Silent Film 'Der Golem' for last years Jewish Book Week which has since been performed internationally.Robin composes and performs with a number of well respected theatre, dance and musical outfits including Punchdrunk, La Machine,The London Dance Orchestra and The Yiddish Twist Orchestra. Laura has toured the world and performed at many international festivals with the likes of renowned French ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem, the Hofesh Shechter Company, Akram Khan Company , Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and the Shaolin Monks.

In association with UK Jewish Film

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