WWI Ciné-Concert 'Wings'
April 04, 2017
One hundred years after the United States entered World War I, the French Embassy seeks to shed light on this momentous occasion through a series of events across the U.S. throughout 2017 as part of a yearlong program "How 1917 Changed the World."
The program aims to familiarize younger generations with this transformative moment by exploring the ongoing impact of the cultural and aesthetic upheaval of the period and uncovering untold stories of communities that were instrumental to this critical period of history.
As part of the commemorations, the Cultural Services at the French Embassy in New York and Chicago has partnered with Chicago Music Box Theatre, Cinema St. Louis and the Centre Francophone and Film Series at Webster University and Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul to present the ciné-concert Wings by William Wellman with live performance by internationally acclaimed France's Prima Vista Quartet with the original score composed by Baudime Jam.
Join the Webster University Film Series and the Centre Francophone, and Cinema St. Louis for a special ciné-concert to commemorate the centennial of the United States' 1917 entry into World War I.
Wings, musical accompaniment by Prima Vista Quartet
April 14, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Webster University’s Winifred Moore Auditorium
$10 (for tickets please visit Cinema St. Louis site)
A special screening of Wings, William Wellman’s epic masterpiece, paired with a live U.S. premiere performance of the musical score featuring France’s Prima Vista Quartet musical score by Baudime Jam supplemented by Matthias Champon on trumpet and Cédric Barbier on percussion. One of the last great films of the silent era, Wings won the Academy Award for Best Picture at the first-ever Oscar Ceremony in 1927. Featuring spectacular stunts, classic melodrama, and iconic actress Clara Bow, Wings tells the story of mismatched lovers set against the backdrop of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in the Meuse.
Prima Vista Quartet has become a benchmark in the world of cine-concerts. Variety’s Lisa Nesselson said the quartet offered, “the best silent film accompaniment I’ve heard.”