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'Mad Max' on mute, with live musical score, showing at Warner theater

Hartford Courant logo Hartford Courant 9/16/2019 By Susan Dunne, The Hartford Courant

Performing the score of a classic movie live while the movie is screened is all the rage. On Sept. 20, “Mad Max” will be screened, without the sound, at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, while a band performs a different score than the one on the film.

In fact, the band will perform all the sounds in the movie, with the film itself on mute with subtitles.

Morricone Youth – made up of Devon E. Levins, John Castro, Dan Kessler, Jefferson Rabb, Brian Kantor and Ayo Awosika – will perform its re-scoring and audio track of the 1979 action drama about violent motorcycle gangs in a post-apocalyptic Australia.

“We perform the film as if it were a silent film, with the Australian subtitles on and the sound off,” Levins said. “The director George Miller has continuously noted in interviews that ‘Mad Max’ was originally conceived as a ‘silent film with sound’ … and inspired by Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd silent films.”

Showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $20. The theater is at 68 Main St. The event is presented by the Sharon-based Boondocks Film Society.

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