A series of events celebrating Irish silent film director Rex Ingram will launch with the premiere of a new composition of music to accompany a rare screening of the 1921 American silent epic war film, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, produced by Metro Pictures Corporation and directed by Irishman Rex Ingram. Featuring new score by internationally renowned composers Barry Adamson (UK) and Matthew Nolan (Irl) and performed live by key Irish collaborators on the project, musician and composer Seán Mac Erlaine, songwriter and composer Adrian Crowley, and Kevin Murphy (cello) of Slow Moving Clouds.
Rex Ingram, best known as a strong-willed visionary was responsible for a succession of films for Metro Pictures that topped the box office and were hailed as masterpieces by the critics. He briefly studied sculpture at the Yale University School of Art after emigrating from Ireland to the United States in 1911; but he was soon seduced by the new medium of moving pictures and abandoned his studies for a series of jobs in the film industry. Over the next decade, he became one of the most popular directors in Hollywood, directing smash hits such as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), and Scaramouche (1923).
With this event, St. Patrick's Festival 2018 launches its new international cultural exchange programme, with the aim to promote and support Irish contemporary arts and enhance a better understanding of Irish culture worldwide.
Image: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), Dir: Rex Ingram