Last Update 0:4
Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Art Alert: Silent cinema with live music at Osiris

At Land and A Trip to the Moon will be screened with music by Mohamed Nagla

Ahram Online , Monday 1 Jan 2018
silent films
Views: 3599
Views: 3599

Osiris’ screening of two silent short films will be accompanied by live music with composer and musician Mohamed Nagla at the piano, on 13 January.

The two films to be screened are At Land, directed and starring Maya Deren, and A Trip to The Moon by science-fiction pioneer George Milies. Despite their differences, both films share a surrealist approach.

At Land is a 1946 experimental, surrealist dream of a film, in which Deren is washed up at sea and meets multiple clones of herself during a strange adventure. The film explores the theme of identity, and struggles of the subconscious.

A Trip to The Moon, is a 1902 French film, in the theatrical style for which Milies became known as a pioneer of innovative special effects, and the best known among hundreds he made. The film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon, propelled by a cannon, and explore its surface in a series of adventures with the people they find there.

The film was lost when Milies retired, and rediscovered around 1930, when his importance to the history of cinema became recognized by film devotees. An original hand-colored print was discovered in 1993 and restored in 2011.

Mohamed Nagla is a musician, composer and distributor. He has composed some of Salah Jahin’s poems, and distributed some Egyptian folk music including El-Helwa Di by Sayed Darwish.

Nagla is interested in the relationship of music with visual art. He previously serenaded the art exhibition of Yasser Rostom with a live trumpet performance at Art Corner gallery, and composed an original piece and performed it on the piano live to the screening of Charlie Chaplin’s film The Kid at the Cairo Opera House.

13 January at 7pm
Osiris, 1 Hassan Mourad St., from Qasr El Aini, 2nd floor, Garden City, Cairo

For more arts and culture news and updates, follow Ahram Online Arts and Culture on Twitter at @AhramOnlineArts and on Facebook at Ahram Online: Arts & Culture 

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.