Dennis James in performance and as guest speaker
One of the earliest adaptations of The Last of the Mohicans is also a classic of the American cinema from 1920, directed by Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur and adapted by Robert Dillon. James Fenimore Cooper’s 1757 best-selling historical novel, set during the French and Indian War, tells the story of two English sisters who encounter danger in the colonial American frontier around their father’s fort. Considered an American masterpiece, this silent film will feature live accompaniment by noted American musician Dennis James who played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent cinema using period-authentic live performance on piano, organ, and other instruments. The film has recently been restored digitally by the George Eastman Museum in Rochester. (Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur, 1920, USA, 73 minutes)
For over fifty years DENNIS JAMES has played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent films presented with historically authentic live music. A featured solo performer on the international film festival circuit, James also has performed programs under the auspices of the American Film Institute, National Film Registry, Museum of Modern Art, Library of Congress, and the British Film Institute. His professional appointments include Theatre Organist for the San Diego Symphony and Silent Film Organist for the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto. He has appeared with Vincent Price, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, Olivia DeHavilland, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Ginger Rogers, and Loretta Young, plus toured nationally with silent film stars Lillian Gish, Myrna Loy, and Fay Wray, providing musical accompaniment on tour revivals of their motion pictures.