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Composer Paul Buscarello on scoring the ninety-year-old silent film The Phantom Carriage

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 and Psycho, 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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