O táxi n.º 9297 (1927) door United Instruments of Lucilin
On 3 April, the Muziekgebouw presents a new edition of the concert series 'Film and Live Music', where renowned soloists and ensembles provide live soundtracks for classics from the golden age of silent cinema. This time, the focus is on the film 'O táxi n.º 9297' from 1927. The captivating interaction between music and visuals offers a unique opportunity to experience cinematic milestones from the film history as they were originally intended.
Gripping crime drama
The popularity of true crime is not a new phenomenon, as this Portuguese film from 1927 shows. The contrasts in the atmosphere and the clever editing of this gripping crime drama by Reinaldo Ferreira are accompanied by a new score by Igor C Silva. The composer gives ensemble Lucilin plenty of room for improvisation and plays the electric guitar and synthesiser himself, taking care of all electronic effects.
Originally a journalist, director Ferreira was the Truman Capote of his time, both popular and criticised for his speculative crime reporting. However, when a well-known stage actress was found strangled in the street, the police investigation confirmed his hypothesis about the identity of the killer. The suspense that his high-profile articles managed to evoke was translated into film by him, resulting in a slick murder mystery.
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