The sound of a classic film

LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN (1925)  Credit: [ THE KOBAL COLLECTION / FIRST NATIONAL ]

LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN (1925) Credit: [ THE KOBAL COLLECTION / FIRST NATIONAL ]

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The Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy is building on its growing reputation as an exhibitor of interesting and rare film content with a one off screening of ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’ on February 15.

And the special screening will be accompanied by a live orchestral performance.

The film, based on Oscar Wilde’s play, stars Ronald Colman and Mary McAvoy.

The live score was commissioned by the Museum Ludwig Filmforum, Cologne from Yati E Durant, composer, musician and University of Edinburgh lecturer with a passion for silent cinema.

Hi award-winning score is written for clarinet, piano and string quartet and is the perfect complement to Wilde’s story of a woman who is confronted by her hsband’s suspected mistress at her own birthday party.

There have been several film adaptations of Oscar Wilde’s play over the years, but this is seen by many to be the defining version.

In 2002 it was chosen for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being, “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. It was also voted one of the top 10 films of 1925, no mean feat when up against The Gold Rush and Phantom of the Opera to name just a few of its contemporaries.

Evan Henderson, programme manager at ON at Fife said: “I’m delighted to continue with our successful run of silent cinema, especially with the addition of Yati’s live accompaniment. This is a real treat for music and film fans alike.”