Fantasia 2010: Steven Severin Does Cocteau’s Sang D’un Poete /Blood Of A Poet (1930)

Composer Steven Severin (also known as a founding member of Siouxsie and the Banshees) has bolstered his program on Thursday with the «Music for Silents» collection of short films that he will score live in addition to Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet! This brings the running time of the program up to approx. 110min, and Blood of a Poet will screen first, followed by Music For Silents.

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It may not be obvious at first, but it makes perfect sense that one of the most innovative forces in alternative music would apply his talent to one of the most innovative forces in cinema. Live and in person, Steven Severin takes poetic license in presenting an avant-garde musical event steeped in the darkness and light of seductively surreal images by Jean Cocteau on screen. To properly view this Bunuel and Dali–styled work, you need to first destroy your own ideas of what a film should be. (Worth noting are the costumes supplied by none other than Coco Chanel.)

A major influential talent in the music scene, Steven Severin formed the legendary Siouxie And The Banshees along with Siouxie Sioux in 1976. Since the mid-nineties, he has created solo albums, genre movie soundtracks, contributed to major papers as a journalist, written a collection of erotic prose/poetry and created compositions to accompany silent film. He has also collaborated on projects with Sid Vicious, Robert Smith of The Cure and graphic novelist Alan Moore of The Watchmen.

For one night only, Severin’s unique talent will grace the stage at the spectacularly nostalgic movie palace known as The Rialto Theatre where BLOOD OF A POET will flicker on-screen. Also expect an additional short silent-era film To Be Announced. To miss this event would be to miss your last train to dreamland.

Thursday July 22nd at 9:30 p.m. at The Rialto Theatre, 5723 ave. du Parc. Tickets $12.

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