As part of the worldwide commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the Cultural Service at the Consulate of France in Chicago has partnered with local institutions to present the Midwest tour of the ciné-concert Verdun, Visions of History at Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington, at Webster University in partnership with Cinema St. Louis, at St. Anthony Main Theatre in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and at Music Box Theatre in Chicago from February 14-19, 2015.

Presented with live piano accompaniment by internationally acclaimed French composer and pianist Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch, who plays the original score by André Petiot, Verdun, Visions of History was directed by pioneering director and WWI veteran Léon Poirier (French, 1884–1968) about one of the most devastating battles of World War I—the Battle of Verdun.

Midwest Tour Dates and Venues

• February 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Free)

Indiana University Cinema, Bloomington, INDIANA

• February 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Free)

Co-presented with Cinema St. Louis and Centre Francophone at Webster University

Winifred Moore Auditorium in Webster Hall at Webster University, St. Louis, MISSOURI

• February 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Presented by the Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul

St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis, MINNESOTA

• February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Music Box Theatre, Chicago, ILLINOIS

Film: Verdun, Visions of History

Léon Poirier meticulously reconstructed on the original site the great facts of the Battle of Verdun, in which more than 200,000 died between February and October 1916. Conceived as a pacifist work, juxtaposing news images, fight scenes of great documentary realism, and fiction, Poirier re-created the horrendous battle between French and German troops, and chronicled the ferocity of the war and its tremendous human toll. Most of the actors in the film were themselves war veterans, including Marechal Philippe Petain, and Poirier seamlessly meshed documentary footage with his re-enactments.

The film has rarely been seen in recent years as most copies of the original silent version were lost during World War II. Some 50 years later, an original print was located in Moscow – it had been stolen from France by the Nazis and then retrieved by the Russians at the end of the war. It was restored in 2006 by La Cinémathèque de Toulouse at L’immagine Ritrovata’s lab (Bologna, Italy) with the support of the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema.

Pianist: Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch

Born in Algiers, Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch began his musical studies in France. He received a piano gold medal at the CNR of Toulouse and worked in Paris and New York. A graduate of international competitions, he specializes in early French music but also works with contemporary composers. Invited by many national and international festivals, Bentchouala-Golobitch gives solo recitals and performs in chamber music and orchestral settings. After learning the bandoneon, Bentchouala-Golobitch also gives many concerts with the tango nuevo quintet Hora Cero and the Tango Elan quartet. He also attended a theatrical training Comedia and initiated a pianist acting career. He composed and performed the music for many silent films, including Louis Feuillade’s Judex, Jacques Feyder’s Gribiche, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last and Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg’s New Babylon.

Press Release

The Midwest tour was made possible thanks to a grant from the Institut français and the Mission du Centenaire 1914-1918 in Paris in partnership with the Cinémathèque de Toulouse and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

Multiple Locations (Midwest) Bloomington, IN Saint Louis, MO Minneapolis, MN Chicago, IL

Cine-Concert Verdun, Visions of History

When
Feb 14-19, 2015
Where
Multiple Locations (Midwest)
Bloomington, IN
Saint Louis, MO
Minneapolis, MN
Chicago, IL

As part of the worldwide commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the Cultural Service at the Consulate of France in Chicago has partnered with local institutions to present the Midwest tour of the ciné-concert Verdun, Visions of History at Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington, at Webster University in partnership with Cinema St. Louis, at St. Anthony Main Theatre in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and at Music Box Theatre in Chicago from February 14-19, 2015.

Presented with live piano accompaniment by internationally acclaimed French composer and pianist Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch, who plays the original score by André Petiot, Verdun, Visions of History was directed by pioneering director and WWI veteran Léon Poirier (French, 1884–1968) about one of the most devastating battles of World War I—the Battle of Verdun.

Midwest Tour Dates and Venues

• February 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm (Free)

Indiana University Cinema, Bloomington, INDIANA

• February 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Free)

Co-presented with Cinema St. Louis and Centre Francophone at Webster University

Winifred Moore Auditorium in Webster Hall at Webster University, St. Louis, MISSOURI

• February 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Presented by the Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul

St. Anthony Main Theatre, Minneapolis, MINNESOTA

• February 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Music Box Theatre, Chicago, ILLINOIS

Film: Verdun, Visions of History

Léon Poirier meticulously reconstructed on the original site the great facts of the Battle of Verdun, in which more than 200,000 died between February and October 1916. Conceived as a pacifist work, juxtaposing news images, fight scenes of great documentary realism, and fiction, Poirier re-created the horrendous battle between French and German troops, and chronicled the ferocity of the war and its tremendous human toll. Most of the actors in the film were themselves war veterans, including Marechal Philippe Petain, and Poirier seamlessly meshed documentary footage with his re-enactments.

The film has rarely been seen in recent years as most copies of the original silent version were lost during World War II. Some 50 years later, an original print was located in Moscow – it had been stolen from France by the Nazis and then retrieved by the Russians at the end of the war. It was restored in 2006 by La Cinémathèque de Toulouse at L’immagine Ritrovata’s lab (Bologna, Italy) with the support of the Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema.

Pianist: Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch

Born in Algiers, Hakim Bentchouala-Golobitch began his musical studies in France. He received a piano gold medal at the CNR of Toulouse and worked in Paris and New York. A graduate of international competitions, he specializes in early French music but also works with contemporary composers. Invited by many national and international festivals, Bentchouala-Golobitch gives solo recitals and performs in chamber music and orchestral settings. After learning the bandoneon, Bentchouala-Golobitch also gives many concerts with the tango nuevo quintet Hora Cero and the Tango Elan quartet. He also attended a theatrical training Comedia and initiated a pianist acting career. He composed and performed the music for many silent films, including Louis Feuillade’s Judex, Jacques Feyder’s Gribiche, Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last and Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg’s New Babylon.

Press Release

The Midwest tour was made possible thanks to a grant from the Institut français and the Mission du Centenaire 1914-1918 in Paris in partnership with the Cinémathèque de Toulouse and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

 

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