One Night Only! Thursday, May 25th at 7:30pm
The Sie FilmCenter is happy to welcome The Invincible Czars to Denver! The band has filled and over-sold theaters from Birmingham to Albuquerque with with audiences eager to experience their intricately crafted and precisely performed silent film soundtracks. They aim to give modern day movie goers a musical context through which they can better appreciate the importance and artistry of silent era films.
The band was part of a wave of acts that began creating new soundtracks for silent films at the original Alamo Drafthouse in the 2000's. Unlike their peers, The Czars kept adding movies to their catalog, creating custom artwork and wardrobe and taking their shows farther and farther from home each year. They are regarded by many as the Alloy Orchestra of the south. They incorporate a bit classical music into all of their scores and dress in accordance with the context each film they perform.
Considered by many to be the first great American horror film, John S. Robertson's Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde allowed stage legend John Barrymore to deliver his first virtuoso performance on film. Blending historic charm with grim naturalism, this version of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde is one of the more faithful of the many screen adaptations of Stevenson's story (though greatly influenced by T.R. Sullivan's popular stage treatment), recounting a visionary scientist's ill-fated attempts to unleash the human mysteries that dwell beneath the shell of the civilized self.
The band incorporates Bela Bartok's Six Roumanian Folk Dances into their score and utilizes looping, samples and Leila's effect-laden voice more than in any other Czars silent film soundtrack. The music is written for four players and includes electric guitar, bass, violin, keyboard, music box, synthesizer, bass clarinet, flute, glockenspiel, bass guitar and all manner of percussion.