The worst part about The Artist’s Oscar win is that the film’s broad, simplistic pastiche reinforces the caricature of silent film as hokey and romantic. Perhaps the best place to start to remedy that is with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the Robert Wiene masterpiece that introduced the obtuse angles and deep shadows of German Expressionism into the horror lexicon. Starting the Halloween celebrations early, composer Brendan Cooney will premiere his new score for Caligari live at a pair of screenings Friday night at PhilaMOCA before recording the music for a DVD release. Now living in Boston, Cooney began his Not-So-Silent Cinema project while living in Philly, recruiting bandmates from the West Philadelphia Orchestra for sonic help.
Fri., Oct. 25, 7:30 and 10 p.m., $12-$14, PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., philamoca.org.