Silent film to get an Avant-garde sound makeover in Greenwich

PUBLISHED: 17:03 20 October 2010

Picture released in the 50s of French writer, poet, film director and painter Jean Cocteau.

Picture released in the 50s of French writer, poet, film director and painter Jean Cocteau.

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An Avant-garde musician will be scoring a 1930s silent film regarded as a surrealist masterpiece.

Blood of a Poet

Steven Severin, a member of the Bromley Contingent who went onto form the punk group Siouxsie and the Banshees, will be providing the score for the Blood Of A Poet at the Greenwich Picturehouse in Greenwich High Road, Greenwich.

The black and white film, which will be tomorrow (21) tonight at 7pm, was the first feature by French film director Jean Cocteau. The 53-minute film examines Cocteau’s thoughts on the life of an artist alongside surrealist imagery, earning it comparisons with the works of artist Salvador Dali and fellow filmmaker Luis Buñuel.

The costumes for Le Sang D’Un Poete — its original French title — were supplied by designer Coco Chanel.

Since May 2008, Severin has been performing live accompaniment to silent film for his ongoing series of Music For Silents.

He has also collaborated on projects with Sid Vicious, Robert Smith of The Cure and graphic novelist Alan Moore who wrote Watchmen.

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