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Brookhaven Lab to host silent movie

The Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.

The Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.

There will be no smashing of atoms or other high-tech scientific endeavors during an upcoming event at Brookhaven National Lab, which will hearken back to the past with a silent film and a renowned string quartet.

On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the lab will host a screening of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 classic silent film “Man with a Movie Camera,” with Soviet modernist music provided by the Voxare String Quartet.

The film is renowned for capturing the lives of ordinary Russian citizens “from dawn to dusk in all aspects of life — mundane, athletic, dangerous, and breathtaking,” according to a news release from the lab.

While the film was “enthusiastically received” by European and American audiences, Communist Party officials were critical of Vertov, and his career declined after the film’s release. He died in 1954, before seeing the influence of his cinematic style on such filmmaking schools as French cinéma vérité.

The Manhattan-based Voxare quartet will perform selections from Mosolov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky during the film. The free screening, at noon in Berkner Hall, is open to the public. All visitors over the age of 16 must bring a photo I.D.

Call (631) 344-2345 for more information.

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