Das Cabinet der Dr Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920) is the symbol of German Expressionist Cinema and it is considered the first horror movie ever. It explores the theme of doubles and the border in between reality and hallucination/imagination that has inspired a more recent movie such as Shutter Island by Martin Scorzese. The live soundtrack created by Alessandro Baris (drums, electronics), Beppe Scardino (baritone sax, electronics) and Gabriele Evangelista (doublebass), it is based on a succession of crescendo and decrescendo of odd and tense Jazz moments alternated with dark and minimal electronics underlining the two states of mind of reality and hallucination described in the movie. The work has been commissioned by Arsenale Cinema in Pisa and later hosted by Monk in Roma, Lumiere Pisa with the support of Goethe Institute and Soundscreen Film festival in Ravenna amongst others.

 

 

Un Chien Andaloù (Louis Bunuel & Salvador Dalì, 1929) is considered as the most significant movie of Surrealist Cinema. A short movie with apparently no plot but with lots of metaphors; the idea came out initially from the meeting of two dreams had by the authors. The soundtrack by Comfort (Alessandro Baris, Leonardo Chirulli and Fabio Elia), with contributes by Donato Epiro (flute, bass) and Toni Virgillitto (cello), divides the different moments and images into small music pieces with elements of post rock, contemporary music and electronics following the deconstruction of the movie and its psychological feeling. The work is been premiered and awarded at the Moviemento Festival at Galleria Teatro Toledo in Naples in 2007.

 

 

Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Walter Ruttmann, 1927) It portrays the life of a city, mainly through visual impressions in a semi-documentary style, without the narrative content of more mainstream films. It can be actually considered as an experimental documentary. The music composed by Berliner collective The Somnambulist (Marco Bianciardi and Rafael Bord) with contribute by Alessandro Baris on drums,  often follows dynamic of images and it runs along the daily life of the city and has a taste of post rock melted with by the sound of Theremin and Violin performed by Bord. This score is been awarded with two first prizes at Rimusicazioni festival in Bolzano in 2014 and has been hosted by Centre des Arts in Paris, Kme festival in Cagliari, Intergalactique festival in Brest, La Cinematique in Toulouse, La Bobine in Grenoble, amongst others.