Sound!

Conductor Stefan Geiger in Bucharest
Copyright: Goethe-Institut

We all know that silent films were silent. We often forget, though, that the early moving pictures were originally accompanied by music. They had no soundtrack, but were accompanied by live musicians during screenings in the movie theatres. This is also the case for the 1929 German film drama Pandora’s Box. The original music score for the silent film inspired by Frank Wedekind was lost, so composer Dominik Schuster created a new one for the Goethe Institute, which now premiered in Bucharest by the Orchestra Română de Tineret. The conductor: Stefan Geiger.