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    Tuesday, July 23, 2024

    Silent film with live music at United Westerly

    Parlando (Submitted)
    A scene from “The New Babylon” (Submitted)

    A silent movie released around the time that Westerly’s United Theatre originally opened is getting a screening this weekend at the renovated United, and it’ll be accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

    The movie is the 1929 Russian film “The New Babylon,” which focuses on two lovers separated by the barricades of the Paris Commune in 1871.

    Performing Shostakovich’s original score for “The New Babylon” during the screening is the New York-based chamber orchestra Parlando.

    The United reopened in 2021 after undergoing a major renovation and reconceptualization as a performing arts center. Parlando conductor Ian Niederhoffer said in a statement, “One of the most exciting parts of this project to me is how it's combining the history of the United with its future as a multimedia arts space.”

    Because it was a movie from Russia, “The New Babylon” never played the United back in the day, so this will be its premiere here.

    “The New Babylon,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, The United, 5 Canal St., Westerly; silent film with live music from the chamber orchestra Parlando; $35, $45; www.unitedtheatre.org.

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