Lucy McKenzie and Richard Kern
The Artist's Institute | 163 Eldridge St.
Before the invention of “talkies” in the 1920s, silent films were usually accompanied by live music. The scores were typically improvised, and many theater organs had special sound effects that could be used for things like galloping horses or rolling thunder. Though the sound of the human voice could not yet be synchronized, the soundtracks gave cinema goers added emotional cues to what they were viewing on screen.
Lucy McKenzie and Richard Kern’s film The Girl Who Followed Marple is silent, using title cards in place of prerecorded sound. In step with an earlier era of cinema, she has commissioned soundtracks from composers Martial Canterel, Michael Mahalchick, Robert McNeill, Aaron Moore, and Alex Waterman. On our final evening of Lucy McKenzie’s season at The Artist’s Institute, we will screen the film in repetition, watching the narrative with a different soundtrack option every time it plays.