Silent Film, ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ at the Disney Concert Hall
I cannot think of a better way to spend Halloween than at the Walt Disney Concert Hall seeing the black and white classic film, ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” with live organ music accompanied by Clark Wilson. It was a real ‘treat !’ The film was adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s psychological novella which was published in 1886. This classic version starred the famed John Barrymore in the dual role of Dr Jekyll and his dark alter ego,Mr. Hyde. The benevolent young Dr. Jekyll is goodness personified to the core. He is a physician to the poor and needy. but, in his laboratory, he toys with the notion of a dual ego. And, he becomes the subject of his own experiment. As good as Dr. Jekyll is, Mr. Hyde is evil personified. Jekyll drinks a potent and transforms into the base, evil Hyde who commits horrible acts of crime. This role was Barrymore’s first starring role. Famous Players-Lasky became Paramount Pictures. The black and white silent picture was filmed at Astoria Studios in Long Island and directed by John S. Robertson in 1920.
Organist, Clark Wilson is one f the most recognized silent film scorers in America who recreates the scores of the famous old silent films. He uses a cue sheet and the original score is performed using the original notations. Nothing is improvised or left to chance. He was given the ATOS Organist of the Year Award in 1998 and as an acclaimed organist and technician-consultant, he has been involved with over 200 pipe organ installations and earned the ATOS Technician of Merit Award.
The film is a cult classic. Wilson gave a brief opening talk about the film and noted that in the first transformation of Dr. Jekyll into Mr. Hyde, the famed Barrymore did not have the aid of makeup or prosthetics. Instead, he elongated his jaw by the set of his face and relied solely on facial expressions. The acting style was over done in 1920 and there were titters in the audience in places. It was a fun and delightful way to spend Halloween.
Other programs coming to the Walt Disney Concert Hall are a variety of classical evenings: Beethoven and Become Ocean, Chamber Music: Russian Masters, Yuja Wang Plays Mozart, Organ Recital: Raul Prieto Ramirez, Dudamel and Bolle, and in December, we have wonderful Christmas programs to look forward to.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, is located at 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90037. Call 323-850-2000 for shows and tickets or go on line to www.laphil.com