Portishead and Goldfrapp Team Up on Silent Film Score
Published Mar 04, 2010Just when you thought Portishead had hit their cinematic peak with 2008's Third, member Adrian Utley goes and scores another film, this time with Goldfrapp beat-maker Will Gregory.
As FACT points out, the two have recently finished work on a new score for Theodor Dreyer's 1928 film The Passion of Joan of Arc. The silent black and white film will be screened at Colston Hall in Bristol, England, on May 7. Utley and Gregory will premiere their score live during the screening, and will be accompanied by six electric guitars, members of the Monteverdi Choir, percussion, horns and keyboards, with Charles Hazlewood conducting.
No word yet if the score will get a proper album release.
The film is highly regarded in the genre of silent cinema. It tells the story of Joan of Arc's eventful life up to her execution on May 30, 1431, and was shot mostly in close-ups to let the faces of the actors lead the narrative. When the film's negatives were claimed by a studio fire, they were considered lost until another set was found in a Norwegian mental institution in 1981.
As we previously reported, Goldfrapp will release their fifth studio album, Head First, on March 23. The first single is "Rocket," which you can see/hear below: