https://www.somervilletheatre.com/production/snow-white-silent-film/ Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square
Somerville, MA 02144
Date Idea, Film, Kid Friendly, Music
Everyone knows Disney’s classic animated film Snow White, but few are aware that that a teenage Walt Disney growing up in Kansas City saw the original silent movie of the fairy tale, and it was this 1916 silent that inspired him to blaze a path in filmmaking and make his own version in 1937.
Like all silent films, Snow White was made on flammable nitrate film stock, and for many years, it was rumored to have been destroyed in a vault fire. But a single theatrical print was discovered in the Netherlands in 1992, and a heroic restoration was performed by the George Eastman House film archive.
Now the whimsical silent fantasy returns to the silver screen, and film lovers can see the long-lost Snow White with live musical accompaniment. Harpist-composer Leslie McMichael’s magical score brings the silent film alive on Friday, February 25 at 8 pm at at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, Somerville MA.
McMichael will perform live on the concert harp for the 63 minute film, and her original score also features Barbara McMichael on viola.
Northwest Film Forum in Seattle commissioned McMichael to compose a new score for Snow White in 2016, and the one hundred year old film and McMichael’s live music premiered at opening night of Children’s Film Festival Seattle that year. Since then, the old film and new live score have been presented across the U.S., often at historic community theaters like the Somerville Theatre.