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Brent Arnold: "Sunrise," screening & live score

538 Congress St, Portland, ME   (view map)

WIRED FOR SOUND | In an era where arts teachers and educators are getting short shrift, leave it to the artists themselves to expose us to cultural nuggets from beyond. The cellist and producer BRENT ARNOLD has composed a live score to SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS, the 1927 landmark of American silent film directed by the German expressionist filmmaker F.W. Murnau. Produced five years after the release of Nosferatu, Sunrise was lauded for its artistic, fairy-tale-ish production. Arnold, hardly a stuffy composer-type (he’s worked with Modest Mouse, ethnomusicologist-producer dj /rupture, and on Louis CK’s TV show), is an interesting foil to the notoriously grim, icy (and quite dead) Murnau, and he shepherds the film to a modern audience at SPACE Gallery tonight. 7:30 pm; $8-10. 538 Congress St., 207.828.5600.

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