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Right in the Eye: Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès Films

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March 2 @ 3:30 pm

Playing in the CCA Cinema

Two live Saturday, March 2 performances at 3:30pm and 7:00pm

Direct from France, CCA presents Right In The Eye, a live music and film concert that accompanies a delightful, whimsical montage of silent films by George Méliès (1861 – 1938), considered to be one of the inventors of cinematography. 

This production is the musical brainchild of Jean-François Alcoléa, who has created a magical show where a multi-layered, evocative and intricate score complements and interprets the otherwise silent films. 

A trio of virtuoso musicians are almost a show in themselves, as they conjure music from an extraordinary array of instruments: basics like piano, percussion and guitar; fantastic oddities like the aquaphone (ocean harp), theremin and melodica; and mundane objects like stemware, circular saws, and even plastic take-out lids.  The mesmerizing score and panoply of unexpected sound expertly evokes the technical wizardry, hilarity, and stream of invention bequeathed to cinema by Méliès.

“An exuberant mixed-media feast full of experimental verve.”  – The Fountain, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

“A magical hour where films, lighting and music weave a rich tapestry.  A unique experience that goes way beyond merely watching very old movies.” –  SG Fringe, Edinburgh

Performance run time: 1 hr. 15 min.

About Georges Méliès

Charlie Chaplin said Georges Méliès was “the alchemist of light.” Martin Scorsese said, “he invented everything, basically he invented it all.” And he is thought of as the Father of Special Effects.  Méliès was transformed from magician, theatre owner and producer to filmmaker when he was a member of the first audience in the world to see the Lumiere Brothers Cinematographe, in which moving pictures were first demonstrated in 1895.

He created an entire philosophy of film – not just for recording events or capturing reality through still photos, but as a medium to transport an audience to an entirely different world.   Among his most famous films, A Trip to the Moon (1902) and The Impossible Voyage (1904) were among the earliest science-fiction films, depicting fantastical journeys.

Méliès himself said, “I was the one who successively came up with all the so-called ‘mysterious’ cinematographic techniques. The cinematographers of artificially arranged scenes have all more or less followed the path I laid down.” 

Among Méliès other achievements: building the first movie studio in Europe; the first to use storyboards and production sketches – now staple tools for constructing animated and other films; and as a prolific inventor of special effects including multiple exposures, dissolves, time-lapse photography, and hand painted color. 

As a showman, he pioneered marketing techniques, including projecting images above the entrance of his theatre, and ahead of his time in 1903 he opened a sales office in North America, shooting his films twice so that the other negative could be sent to the United States.  He made perhaps the first horror film Le Manoir du Diable (also called The House of the Devil) and filmed a Cinderella with a cast of 35 in 1898, more than a half century before Walt Disney. 

About Jean-François Alcoléa:

Jean-François Alcoléa is a complete musician — piano, chamber music, composition, jazz, rock, and vocal music, as well as music for theater, dance, and short films. Since 2000, Alcoléa has created and presented his own productions with the collaboration of skilled artists and technicians. As a pianist, a composer, an improviser and a stage designer, Alcoléa’s shows reflect his plural universes, combining music, sound effects, lighting, still images and moving pictures, street arts, dance, texts, and visual creations.


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