with music from Alison Blunt, with Hannah Marshal and Javier Carmona
Filmmaker: Henrik Galeen
Brigitte Helm, Paul Wegener, Iván Petrovich
Germany / 1928 / 109 min
NFT3 Thu 12 Mar 6pm
This forgotten gem mixes folk legend with a whiff of science fiction particularly suited to Brigitte Helm's alien beauty. Alraune is created in the lab of Professor ten Brinken. When she discovers the truth about her genesis, she reacts with a very human anger and subjects her immoral scientist ‘father’ to her subhuman manipulative powers. A bitter revenge in a not-to-be-missed cinematic pleasure.
Statuesque Helm first enthralled audiences in her dual role in Fritz Lang's Metropolis. She also ‘vamped’ magnificently in other silent films and into the sound era.
BEV Retrospective programmers Kelly Robinson and Ingrid Stigsdotter give us an enticing insight into the lives of these amazing Vamp actresses, the original A-list movie stars, on our BEV blog.
Self-confessed musical chameleon. Recent improvisings: music/ storytelling at European Storytelling Marathons (BC guest artist); solo voice/ violin/ movement piece in Apocryphal Festival; concert with Ensemble Progresivo at Horta Cordel (Madrid) and underground performance at What is Music? Festival (Melbourne).
After studying cello at GSMD Hannah moved on to explore improvisation on the John Stevens’ “Community in Music” course. Collaborating on many visual and performing arts projects, she also regularly plays with Kay Grant, Veryan Weston and Steve Beresford.
Javier has developed a musical career working in a wide range of styles, ranging from rock to free improvisation. In addition to playing in numerous and diverse ensembles, he has much ongoing experience collaborating on interdisciplinary projects.
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