Strong Man, The


by Carl Davis

First National (1926) Director: Frank Capra
Silent Film
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Commissioned by Thames Television
First Performance
1991, Pordenone

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Programme Notes
Starring: Harry Langdon Director: Frank Capra Production Company: First National USA. 1926 Duration: 76 minutes Film Print: B&W print struck from the original camera negative available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 24 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1991, Giornate del Cinema Muro, Pordenone 13 Players: 0.0.2(I=fl+tsax.II=asax+bsax).1 - 0110 - perc(2)(I=timp,II=drum kit) - pno - synth strings (11101) (note: piano and synthesiser require separate players) Harry Langdon stars at his comic best playing Paul, a Belgian war veteran. In the company of a German professional weightlifter, Zandow the Great, he goes to America in search of his pen-friend. He finds her in a small American town, which is terrorised by a gang of bootleggers. They declare their undying love. Paul has to replace Zandow in the ring at short notice and in a hilarious sequence he succeeds in driving the gang out of town. Using a small ensemble, Davis captures the quality of Langdon's acting and direction with long sustained passages of static harmony and repeated rhythmic patterns.

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