Waterloo

(1995)

by Carl Davis

Description
Emelka Films (1928) Director: Karl Grune
Duration
130
Genres
Silent Film
Instrumentation
3(I+III=picc.II=picc+afl).2.ca.3(II=Ebcl.III=bcl).3(III=cbsn) - 4431 - timp - perc(3) - pno(=cel+hpschd) - harp - strings (14.12.10.8.6)
First Performance
24.3.1995, Luxembourg: RTL Orchestra, cond: Carl Davis
Availability
Score and parts for hire
Programme Notes
Starring: Charles Vanel, Otto Gebuhr, Oskar Marion, Vera Malinovska~a Director: Karl Grune Production Company: Emelka Films Germany. 1928 Duration: 130 minutes Film Print: restored B&W print available from the Cinémathéque Royale de Belgique (Film Speed: 22 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1995, Luxembourg. (Specially commissioned for the 10th Anniversary of the Luxembourg Cinémathéque.) 80 players: 3(I+III=picc.II=picc+afl).2.ca.3(II=Ebcl.III=bcl).3(III=cbsn) - 4431 - timp - perc(3) - pno(~cel+harpsichord) - harp - strings (14.12.10.8.6) Waterloo tells the story of the battle from the Prussian perspective and in particular celebrates the character and achievements of General Blucher. The film also paints a very sympathetic picture of Wellington and re-creates the historic progress of Napoleon during the '100 days'. The film technically uses all the camera tricks of the time: split screen, rapid montage and thrilling panning and tracking shots. The finale, the battle itself, faithfully reproduces the site and circumstances of Blucher's rescue, turning what might have been Napoleon's victory into his defeat. Carl Davis indicates his score to be a follow-up to his 1980 score for Abel Gance's Napoleon, liberally mixing compositions of the period with sympathetically-composed music of his own.

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