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Blood & Sand with Organist Dennis James

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Join the Embassy Theatre as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of great silent films. Attendees will be transported back to the earliest days of Hollywood when silent films filled the screen as the melodious tunes of the pipe organ filled the theater. The first film in this series is Blood & Sand featuring one of America’s favorite actors of the 1920s, Rudolph Valentino. The film will be accompanied on the Grande Page Pipe organ by organist Dennis James.

Blood and Sand is based on the novel Sangre y arena by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez (1908). This classic film is the story of Juan Gallardo (Rudolph Valentino) whose fame as a toreador lands him in a quandary when he falls for two women, one of them being his wife.

For over fifty years Dennis James has played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent films screened with historically authentic, fully researched, and stylistically preserved live music performances. He developed his professional preservation approach at Indiana University as a music and film student in the late 1960s. James tours worldwide under the auspices of the Silent Film Concerts production company performing to films with meticulously prepared solo organ, piano, and chamber ensemble accompaniments in addition to appearances with major symphony orchestras throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. James is renowned for providing the most comprehensive selection of silent films accompanied with period-authentic live musical scoring presentations available today. In a career filled with collaborations, Dennis James toured throughout the 1980s with silent film stars Lillian Gish, Myrna Loy, Fay Wray, and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers providing musical accompaniment on national tour revivals of their motion pictures. A featured solo performer on the international film festival circuit, James now appears regularly at annual Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia events as well as the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado and the Pordenone and Rome Festivals 'Cinema Muto' in Italy.

EMBASSY MEMBERS RECEIVE TWO TICKETS FREE PER MEMBERSHIP. FREE tickets are also available to youth 12 & under and seniors 65+. These groups should contact the STAR Bank box office directly to secure tickets (stop by or call us at 260.424.5665)

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