Beth Custer | My Grandmother DVD

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My Grandmother DVD

by Beth Custer

Forgotten for a half-century, Kote Mikaberidze's MY GRANDMOTHER (CHEMI BEBIA/1929) is a delightful example of the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement as well as an irreverent satire of the then still-young Soviet State system. Noted for its anarchic styles—w
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1. My Grandmother Overture
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2. Tork Trust
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3. She Loves Me/Paper Airplane Love
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4. One Executive & Receptionist Hoedown
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5. Overture Reprise #1
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6. Tork Trust Reprise #1
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7. A Petition From A Worker
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8. Busy Man Blues
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9. Hoedown Reprise #1
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10. Fired Manager Blues
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11. Wifey-Poo
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12. Find A Grandmother
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13. Sweeping Staircase
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14. Rejected Manager's Persistence
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15. Office Psychodelia
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16. A Grandmother!
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17. She Loves Me Reprise
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18. Hoedown Reprise #2
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19. Overture Reprise #2
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20. Fired Manager Blues Reprise
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21. My Grandmother Outro
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My Grandmother-a silent film by Soviet Georgian director Kote Mikaberidze made in 1929 and banned by the Soviet regime for 40 years-is finally available on DVD. Beth Custer has coupled this amazing film with her own score (performed by the Beth Custer Ensemble and special guests). Hans Wendl produced the soundtrack. The DVD has Russian intertitles with narration in English.

Forgotten for a half-century, Kote Mikaberidze's MY GRANDMOTHER is a delightful example of the Soviet Eccentric Cinema movement as well as an irreverent satire of the then still-young Soviet State system. Noted for its anarchic styles-which include stop-motion, puppetry, exaggerated camera angles, animation and constructivist sets-the film unspools the foibles and follies that abound when a Georgian paper pusher, modeled after American silent comic Harold Lloyd, loses his job. Beth Custer created a quick-paced pastiche of American jazz and blues, contemporary classical, and world folk music. Check out this amazing film!


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Stephen Estep

Frickin buy it, dude!
Buy it, buy it, buy it! OK, I'm a sucker for a well-done silent film, and I'm a sucker for this movie. The special effects are better than many American films I've seen from the same time period. And Beth's soundtrack is outstanding - I get so tired of hearing a cheap ragtime piano soundtrack to my silents. Beth, will you PLEASE do all of Buster Keaton's films? :-)