Atlas Presents Silent Film
Featuring live, original music by Curator and Resident Musician for the Atlas Silent Film Series, Andrew Earle Simpson
Performances begin at 4 pm
This Valentines Day, Andrew Earle Simpson performs his live, original score for the romantic silent film, La Bohème.
Following the success of Giacomo Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, MGM released a film version in 1926. The memorable tale of doomed Parisian lovers was directed by King Vidor and starred two of the silent era’s most prominent actors: John Gilbert (Rodolphe); and Lillian Gish (Mimi).
Rodolphe, a writer, lives with a group of young artists in Paris’s famed Latin Quarter. Together, they live a bohemian existence, defined by the bravado and audacity of youth. In the same building, lives Mimi, a poor seamstress. After a chance meeting, Mimi and Rodolphe fall in love. Mimi becomes protective of Rodolphe, supporting him financially, shielding him from professional disappointments, and finding opportunities to promote his career. But jealousy rares its ugly head and the lovers part only reuniting when Mimi is on her deathbed.
About Andrew Earle Simpson
Andrew Earle Simpson is Curator and Resident Musician for the Atlas Silent Film Series. A renowned and accomplished composer, conductor, and performer, he is the Resident Film Accompanist at the National Gallery of Art, and appears regularly at the Library of Congress, AFI Silver Theater, and many venues across the United States and abroad. He is Professor of Music at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America, where he teaches composition, music theory, and courses in film and music.
Professor Simpson creates live, improvised scores as well as fully-composed scores to accompany silent films. The Atlas screenings feature live piano accompaniment, with scores designed to support and enhance the comic and dramatic elements of each film.