Dark Skies opening gala: Wunder der Schöpfung

Fri 8 February

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Hebridean Dark Skies Festival Opening Gala
With live score by Herschel 36
Introduced by John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland

“Thrilling… a bold but beautifully judged reappraisal of a ground-breaking movie.” The Scotsman *****
“Just stunning… And the electronic score by duo Herschel 36 was superb.”
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The extraordinary silent documentary, Wunder der Schöpfung (‘Wonder of Creation’), is a unique document of human knowledge about the world and the universe in the 1920s.

Fifteen special effects experts and nine cameramen were involved in the production of this beautifully tinted and toned film that combines documentary scenes, historical documents, fiction elements, animation scenes and educational impact.

For the opening gala of the first Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, Herschel 36 (musicians Stu Brown and Paul Harrison) will revisit their acclaimed live score for the film, commissioned by the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival in 2016.

Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum | Germany | 1925 | b&w and tinted & toned | 1h 32m German intertitles with English sub-titles | Recommended U

A Hippodrome Silent Film Festival commission made possible by support from Film Hub Scotland, part of BFI’s Film Audience Network.  www.hippfest.co.uk, 20 – 24 March 2019