Live music and film are strange bedfellows in the modern age, but it wasn't always so. In the silent era, a live accompaniment was standard practice for all films. Local musician and filmmaker Paul Buscarello is resurrecting that long-gone experience with a performance of his new, original score for the classic Swedish silent film The Phantom Carriage
, about a man condemned to collect the souls of the dead for a year. Drawing on Swedish folk music and classic horror-movie scores like Halloween
, Buscarello has crafted a soundtrack that's both contemporary and true to the roots of the film and the medium as a whole. Before Buscarello's eencore performance of the piece
on Sunday, December 29 (he debuted it just before Halloween) at the Sie FilmCenter
, we caught up with him to talk about his background, the process of scoring a silent film and why he chose to do it in the first place.
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