Mr Karol Beffa, the virtuoso pianist and composer, accompanied with his talents of improvisation the screening of Julien Duvivier’s film, “Au Bonheur des Dames”, inspired by the famous novel by Emile Zola, released in 1930.
This film-concert organized by the French Service for Culture and Cooperation at the Consulate General of France in Jeddah on March 7th, 2019, was part of the « 27ème Rencontres de la Francophonie » in Jeddah and gathered 150 people.
Through this film, Julien Duvivier depicts the rise of department stores in the 19th century through the story of an orphan who goes to the capital to work at her uncle, cloth merchant, transposed in the Paris of the 20s.
This film is one of the last silent films made in France, which reveals the different influences of silent cinema throughout the world, from Hollywood to Soviet cinema and to expressionist cinema. At the time of the silent cinema, the performance of live music was the rule, but today it can be considered that from this technical necessity was born the emergence of an artistic genre that continues. Artists such as Karol Beffa continue to regularly accompany film screenings.
This film-concert, was supported by the Cercle des Amis de la Culture Française.