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Scary silent movies with live Memphis music coming to Crosstown

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Memphis musicians will provide live accompaniment to scary silent movies as the Crosstown Theater this week launches its most ambitious film program to date — a countdown-to-Halloween series of cinema classics that will match visions of ghosts, witches and Lon Chaney in a dress with electric guitar, classical piano and rattling percussion.

According to organizers and participants, the intention is to evoke the days of silent cinema — when musicians routinely played in movie theaters — but with a Memphis vibe. Expect to hear the genre-defying experimentation and improvisation that characterizes Memphis musicians, whether they’re interpreting the blues, the Beatles or — in the case of “The Unholy Three,” which screens Thursday at Crosstown — a movie sequence in which an escaped ape attacks a jewel thief.

The musicians recruited for the series sound inspired.

“One of the best movie-going experiences I ever had in my life was the Alloy Orchestra  doing ‘Metropolis’ — incredible,” said Chris McCoy, whose punk-goth band 1000 Lights will perform Oct. 24 alongside the 1922 masterpiece “Häxan,” once notorious

Article source: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/2019/10/09/memphis-musicians-play-along-scary-silent-movies-crosstown/3907842002/

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