Member Blogs > Pistil BlogPistil Books Presents an Evening of Film and Music with Lori Goldston

  • Mon, 02 Dec 2019 12:25:00    Permalink
    Cellist Lori Goldston accompanies the surrealist film
    The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928, France)

    The Seashell and the Clergyman is an early experimental silent film, directed by queer radical feminist Germaine Dulac in 1928. At the time of its release it was banned by the British Board of Film Censors, who declared it was  "apparently meaningless" but "If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable”. Presented with an original live score by cellist/composer Lori Goldston, who has performed live soundtracks around the world as a soloist, and with ensembles including old-time Seattle fixture the Black Cat Orchestra.

    "Germaine Dulac was involved in the avant garde in Paris in the 1920s. Both The Smiling Madame Beudet (1922) and The Seashell and the Clergyman are important early examples of radical experimental feminist filmmaking, and provide an antidote to the art made by the surrealist brotherhood. The latter film, an interpretation of Anton Artaud’s book of the same name, is a visually imaginative critique of patriarchy – state and church – and of male sexuality. On its premiere, the surrealists greeted it with noisy derision, calling Dulac 'une vache'."  [British Film Institute]
    Saturday, December 14 on Capitol Hill
    $10 suggested to musician

    RSVP to pistil@pistilbooks.netand you will receive an email with address and time on 
    the day before this event.
    (Space is limited to 40 people, with 25 chairs, 
    the rest standing/sitting on floor.)
    You are invited to bring a beverage and/or snack to share.
     Hope to see you here!
    Amy and Sean
    Pistil Books Online
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