March 6, 2017
Doors open at 6:00 pm
Film at 7:00 pm
(not including fees)
Groups of 10 or more save!
STG Presents Silent Movie Mondays: The Dragon Painter (1919) as a part of the Love Stories Series at The Paramount Theatre.
The “Love Stories” Series includes RAMONA on February 6; DAUGHTER OF DAWN on February 13; CARMEN on February 27; and THE DRAGON PAINTER on March 6.
THE DRAGON PAINTER (1919) was directed by William Worthington and based on the novel of the same name, which was written by Mary McNeil Fenollosa. The silent film stars Sessue Hayakawa as a mentally disturbed young painter who believes that his fiancée, Hayakawa's wife Tsuru Aoki, is a princess who has been captured and turned into a dragon. Hayakawa was the first Asian American, as well as the first Japanese American movie star, to become popular in both the U.S. and Europe. The film was restored in 1988 by AFI with George Eastman House and MoMA and placed on the National Film Registry in 2014. Original score and live performance by Aono Jikken Ensemble, Seattle based musicians and performers specializing in unique scores for classic Asian silent films.
Running time: 53 min.
CineClub will immediately follow the film in the Paramount Lobby bar, hosted by William Satake Blauvelt, Artistic Director of Aono Jikken Ensemble.
Aono Jikken Ensemble, formed in Seattle in 1997, is an experimental music and performance group that creates original live scores for classic and contemporary silent films. They combine traditional Asian, western and world instruments, found objects, toys and specially created sound devices with a unique, bilingual take on the almost lost art of the benshi - the Japanese silent film narrator/voice performer. AJE's many scores range from masterworks of Japanese silent cinema, to Chinese martial arts epics and the neo silent films of iconoclastic Canadian director Guy Maddin. AJE has presented their work throughout Seattle and the Northwest as well as The Film Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals in Brazil, Canada, France, Poland and Peru.