Waxworks with Mike Patton, Scott Amendola, Matthias Bossi and William Winant
Film Info
Premiere Status:Germany
Year of Prod:1924
Running Time:83
dir:Paul Leni
prod:Leo Birinsky
Alexander Kwartirof
scr:Henrik Galeen
cam:Halmar Junge
editor:Paul Leni
cast:Emil Jannings
Werner Krauss
Conrad Veidt
source:Cineteca di Bologna
Via dell'Industria, 2
40138 Bologna, Italy

As has become a tradition at SFIFF, we again unite vital contemporary musicians with classic silent film. Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Fantômas, Peeping Tom) and three percussionists—Scott Amendola (Scott Amendola Trio, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter), Matthias Bossi (Sleepytime Gorilla Musem, The Book Of Knots, Skeleton Key, Fred Frith) and William Winant (John Cage, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, Lou Reed, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Jim O’Rourke)—team to create an original score for the classic German expressionist film Waxworks (1924) that they will present in a live world premiere. This powerhouse ensemble will meet another in the three bona fide stars of the silent era united in the film—Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt—who are featured in tales that are inspired by a creepy wax museum and crafted by a starving poet hired to create stories about exhibits on the Caliph of Baghdad, Harun al-Rashid (Jannings); serial murderer Jack the Ripper (Krauss) and Russia’s first tsar, Ivan the Terrible (Veidt). Director Paul Leni was originally a set designer and deeply influential in creating the expressionist disposition towards visualizing twisted and gorgeous subjective states in the film’s environments. Patton, Amendola, Bossi and Winant’s genre-busting approach will reanimate Waxworks and provide a musical landscape for its horror, humor and fantasy—not to mention its anachronistic treatments of race, gender and culture. Waxworks print courtesy of the Cohen Media Group. 
- Sean Uyehara

Additional Information

Paul Leni

Born in Berlin, Paul Leni (b. July 5, 1885) Waxworks (1924) was particularly influential and was considered among the most highly regarded films of its day. Trained as a painter, Leni not only directed, but also usually functioned as the art director for his films. In 1927, Leni moved to Hollywood to direct films for Universal Studios. There Leni made the influential The Cat and the Canary (1927), a classic Gothic haunted house film, and The Man Who Laughs (1928), an adaptation of the Victor Hugo story.