Photograph courtesy of Filmmuseum München.
Video courtesy of Filmmuseum München. Reconstructed and digitally restored by Filmmuseum München.
Saturn perfectly hosts the rare film, Our Heavenly Bodies or Wunder der Schöpfung (Hanns Walter Kornblum, Germany, 1925, 91 min., NR, Digital) with a live score performed by the band Coupler on Saturday, April 1.
Filmed in 1925, German director Hanns Walter Kornblum set out to create a film unlike any that had come before. His aim was a film that would serve as both a summation of all the astronomical knowledge available at the time and a dreamy investigation of what wonders might await humanity at the advent of space travel. With the help of 15 special effects technicians and nine cameramen, Kornblum’s film is a technical marvel, one that revels in the beauty and mysteries of the universe, reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s COSMOS more than 50 years later. The film has been digitally restored by Filmmuseum München and will be screened at Saturn on Saturday, April 1, at 8:00 pm by the band Coupler, who will be performing the score for the film live.
Coupler is described less a band than a creative organization, founded in 2012 by Ryan Norris who since 2006 has been best known as a member of the internationally renowned group Lambchop. This is not his sole occupation, however, as he has a propensity to work with whomever will have him whether in performance or session capacities. He’s made his presence known for example on the albums of Cortney Tidwell as co-producer, co-writer and musician and on the new Stone Jack Jones album Ancestor as a contributing player. He’s also done a share of remix work as a member of the group Hands Off Cuba and under his own Coupler recording moniker. Coupler at its core is Ryan Norris along with Rodrigo Avendaño and Rollum Haas, though its membership has at points swelled to as many as eight. The project is an exercise in mutual cooperation of creative individuals and is an exploration of the intersections of man and machine, live and recorded, composed and improvised, stasis and flux.
Tickets to OUR HEAVENLY BODIES are $10 and can be purchased through the Saturn website at www.saturnbirmingham.com. Doors open at 8:00, show starts at 9:00pm.