Un chapeau de paille d’Italie

Sacramento, Calif. – Last night, I was fortunate enough to attend the French Film Festival’s showing of the 1928 silent film Un chapeau de paille d’Italie with the live music accompaniment from the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra.  The entire production, from the attendance of Raymond Alessandri (who composed a new score for the film in 1989) to Capital Public Radio’s Jeffery Callison’s French to English translation via sexy Scottish accent, really made the entire evening unique and rather refreshing.

And, speaking of Jeffrey Callison, dear RadioGods his voice is ridiculous. I have a not so secret sexy-voice-crushes on both Callison and NPR’s Robert Siegel. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t get to hear them every morning before work and then right after work. Life would be dreary and full of silly generic pop tunes, that’s what.

Anyways, back to the awesome experience the Crest Theater, which I keep forgetting is absolutely gorgeous.

The film itself is pure silliness and quite frankly excellent timing in terms of silent comedy. There are no chase scenes (alla Charlie Chaplan) but the subtlety and timing in the film had everyone laughing, from the five year old seated in front of me to the elderly couple across the aisle.

The film’s story surrounds Ferdinard, a young man on his way to be marry the love of his life, that is until his horse eats the straw hat of a married woman off playing in the bushes with her lover. Complications follow when the military man insists with violence and threat of destruction on Ferdinard’s home, that the hat be replaced immediately in order to save the woman’s honor, regardless that poor Ferdinard may ruin his own wedding day.

I wish I had the chance to go to the NoirCity Film Festival in the Castro this weekend. So many cool events to go to, not enough time. Rawr!


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