French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents Special Ciné-Concert
Wings An evening celebrating French-American friendship!
Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm
FIAF • Florence Gould Hall; 55 East 59th Street, NYC
New York, NY, March 24, 2017—To commemorate the centennial of the United States’ April 6, 1917 entry into World War I, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, is thrilled to present a special ciné-concert screening of the American classic Wings on Thursday, April 6 in FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall.
The evening is co-presented with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, with support from the French Mission du Centenaire de la Première Guerre Mondiale and the US WWI Centennial Commission.
One of the last great films of the silent era, William Wellman’s epic masterpiece Wings won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the first-ever Oscar Ceremony in 1929. The beautifully restored film will be paired with a live US premiere performance of the musical score by Baudime Jam featuring France’s Prima Vista Quartet.
Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in the Meuse, Wings is the captivating story of two men who enlist to join allied troops in France, and the girl they’ve left behind. Featuring thrilling aerial battle scenes and breathtaking camera work, this tale of friendship and love, rivalry and heroism stars screen siren Clara Bow alongside Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, and the legendary Gary Cooper in a cameo appearance.
William Wellman, 1927. B&W. 144 min. DCP
With Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Richard Arlen, Clara Bow, and Gary Cooper
About the Prima Vista Quartet
The Prima Vista Quartet has been recognized worldwide for their breathtaking musical accompaniment of masterpieces of silent cinema. Led by acclaimed composer Baudime Jam with violinists Elzbieta Gladys and Amélie Paradis, and cellist Frédéric Deville, the quartet magnifies the beauty of silent movies, emphasizing emotions while staying faithful to the singularity of the film.
The quartet has been featured in numerous prestigious film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. All scores are written and composed by Baudime Jam, conferring a personal and emotional touch to the music.
For this unique performance, the quartet will be accompanied by Matthias Champon (trumpet) and Cédric Barbier (percussions), celebrated artists who have worked both in classical and contemporary orchestras.
About Baudime Jam
Baudime Jam, born in Clermont-Ferrand in 1972, is an artist, musicographer, and composer. Jam has written extensively about music, including a biography of the composer George Onslow, and has lectured in France and abroad. In 1998 he became producer of the musical magazine Melodia on Clermont-Ferrand’s RCF 63 radio, and in 1993 he was appointed head of classical musical programming at Radio France. Jam founded the Philharmonia Chamber Orchestra in 1994, and directed it until 1997. In 1988, he founded the Prima Vista Quartet with whom he has presented nearly 700 performances.
Jam is interested in a variety of repertories: baroque, classical, romantic, modern, and contemporary, while exploring other horizons including jazz, klezmer, tango, and silent film scores. He is a composer and member of the SACEM and of UCMF associations, who has created original works for concerts, scores for silent films, and fairy tales set to music, as well as numerous transcriptions and orchestrations.
The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression. www.fiaf.org
About the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, intellectuals, and innovators to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions, and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts. www.frenchculture.org
Part of the French Embassy’s year-long centennial commemoration program How 1917 Changed the World.
Presented under the patronage of his Excellency Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, Anne-Claire Legendre, Consul General of France in New York, and Loree Sutton, Commissioner at the New York City Department of Veterans Affairs.
|What:||Special Ciné-Concert: Wings|
|When:||Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm|
|Where:||FIAF – Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street
(between Park & Madison Avenue)
|Admission:||Free with RSVP at fiaf.org|
|Tickets:||800 982 2787 | fiaf.org|
|Information:||212 355 6160 | fiaf.org|
|Transportation:||4, 5, 6, N, R and Q to 59th Street & Lexington Avenue|
|F to 63rd Street & Lexington Avenue; E to 53rd Street & 5th Avenue|
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