Events | SILENT SALON - silent films and the villa organ

Los Angeles | July 13, 2013 | 8:30 PM

Max Davidson (c)AMPAS



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Max Davidson – Guenter Buchwald on Organ

Max Davidson (1875-1950) is one of the numerous forgotten Hollywood supporting actors who acted in innumerable movies. His heyday was in the late 1920s when he was engaged at the Hal Roach Studios for a series of Jewish comedies which belong to the best and funniest shorts the studio ever produced. All films focus on Davidson as the henpecked Jewish family father who has to struggle with his good-for-nothing son(s) and a daughter who falls in love with a non-Jewish boy.

Conductor, pianist, violinist and composer Guenter A. Buchwald is one of the founders of the international renaissance of Silent Film. Unanimously acclaimed as as "world class improviser" he belongs to the elite international group of leading film accompanists.

Since his beginning in 1978 he has accompanied more than 2,100 silent films in more than 2,500 film concerts. He is regularly invited as musician in residence to international film festivals and is Musical Director of the annual Bristol Silents Slapstic Festival and resident conductor of the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchstra for "film in concert".

Buchwald is a great stylistic virtuoso playing anything from baroque to contemporary music, and from folk to jazz. He is in great demand as a composer as well being a solo film accompanist.


For the first time, the Villa gardens will be open for patrons to come early and picnic, watch the sunset and then settle into the salon for a program of comedies, by Hollywood's leading comedians. Bring a picnic and enjoy the Villa garden, followed by a sceening of silent shorts with live organ accompaniment. Grounds open and shuttle starts at 6 pm.

THE BOY FRIEND, 1928 – 20’
PASS THE GRAVY, 1928 - 25´

Tickets are $15
Friends of Villa Aurora $5
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