The Informer Live Screening @ New Music Dublin
Restored by the British Film Institute in London, with a new score from acclaimed Irish violist/composer Garth Knox, The Informer is one of the finest films of the 1930s.
New Music Dublin presents a screening of this classic film with a performance of the live score by composer Garth Knox with a six piece ensemble. Garth himself plays viola and viola d’amore, the other instruments being flute, bass, accordion, percussion and uilleann pipes. A special evening for film and music lovers alike.
“a striking psychological study of a gutter Judas and a rawly impressive picture of the Dublin underworld during the Black and Tan terror…Mr. Ford has achieved one of the finest dramas of the year” New York Times, 1935
“I wanted the music to re-introduce a subtle but persuasive Irish feel to the action, and to ground it in the rhythms and sounds of an Irish city. For this reason, I decided to include the Uilleann pipes and an accordion in my instrumentation, a purposely small-scale group of six instruments, which reflects the intimate nature of the filming. The idea was to rub the organic grain of the ‘folk” sound into the more ‘polished’ perfection of the other more classical instruments (flute, viola), just as Gypo’s instinctively natural behaviour is contrasted with Gallagher’s coldness and Katie’s refinement” Garth Knox, on his new score for The Informer
The Informer deserves a place alongside other silent greats such as Blackmail, A Cottage on Dartmoor and Piccadilly. Based on Liam O’Flaherty’s popular novel, this gripping thriller is set among a group of revolutionaries in the newly independent Ireland of 1922. When one of their number, Francis, kills the chief of police he goes on the run but when he returns to Dublin he is cruelly betrayed by his onetime friend, Gypo.
Starring Victor McLaglen, Heather Angel, Preston Foster, Margot Grahame, Wallace Ford, Una O’Connor and J. M. Kerrigan, in 1935 The Informer won four Oscars: Best Director for Ford, Best Actor for McLaglen, Best Writing Screenplay for Nichols, and Best Score for Max Steiner.
Published on 31 January 2018