Feb. 27, 2020

Not So Silent Cinema presents "Faust"


Join us for a screening of F.W. Murnau's classic 1926 silent film, Faust, complete with a new live score from Not So Silent Cinema. 

In Murnau's telling, the righteous alchemist Faust is tempted into making a deal with the Devil to save his village from the plague. But will the Devil corrupt his soul or can Faust be redeemed? Faust is renowned for its narrative, combining elements of older traditions of the legendary tale of Faust with Goethe’s classic version, as well its dazzling array of in-camera special effects, making it one of Murnau's greatest filmic achievements.

Murnau film

Faust will be screened in tandem with our new exhibitions, Spit Spreads Death, and Going Viral. The film will be paired with a brief introductory lecture charting the line from alchemy to virology by our Head Librarian and co-curator of Going Viral, Beth Lander.

Mütter Museum admission is included in the ticket price and the museum will be open from 5:30-6:30, as well as a cash bar and complimentary pretzels upstairs. The lecture and film screening will begin promptly at 6:40 and no one will be admitted past that point.

5:30PM-6:30PM Reception/Museum Open
6:40PM-9:15PM Program (Lecture and Screening)


Not So Silent Cinema is the project of Philadelphia composer Brendan Cooney. Cooney pulls together different groups for each of his film projects, creating diverse mash-ups of musical personalities from different music scenes to create lively new platforms for interaction and creativity. His scores are tightly composed, time-coded and thematic but also have plenty of room for improvisation and interaction between players.


Beth Lander is the Head Librarian and the Robert Austrian Chair at the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. During her tenure at the College, Ms. Lander curated the Mütter Museum exhibit Vesalius on the Verge: The Book and the Body and is currently co-curating the exhibit Going Viral: Infection Through the Ages with Dr. Jeff Womack. She recently collaborated with Anna Dhody, Curator of the Mütter Museum, and other scholars on the verification of anthropodermic material in College collections. 

Ms. Lander obtained a B.A. in History from Drew University, a M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Albany, a certification in Instructional Technology from Temple University, and a certification in RDF/XML from Library Juice Academy.

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-Individual & Student Members may purchase 1 discounted ticket. 
-Family Members may purchase 2 discounted tickets. 
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Tickets are transferable, but not refundable.

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ASL interpretation is available for any event upon request. Please contact Meredith Sellers to place a request for an ASL interpreter or for any other accessibility accommodations.

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