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Gary Lucas – The Goddess #TIFF18

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Fascinating Chinese silent cinema meets the musical genius of guitar virtuoso Gary Lucas.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Gary Lucas, guitarist and composer of the film The Goddess.

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Guitar virtuoso Gary Lucas performed his original score for the Chinese 1934 silent masterpiece, The Goddess, directed by Wu Yonggang in 1934 in the midst of the period known as the Golden Age of Chinese Cinematography, at the 2019 Transilvania International Film Festival. In our conversation with Lucas, he tells us about how he got to composing and performing music for silent films, and all the influences of his score for The Goddess, including that of the underrated genre of ’30s Shanghai Pop, with a fascinating history that he fills us in on.

The Goddess: The Goddess is a celebrated 1934 silent classic directed by Wu Yonggang, now seen as a major title of the golden age of Chinese cinema. The protagonist, played by Ruan Lingyu, is a mother forced into prostitution in order to support her son’s education – a daring subject for the time. In composing the live score for the film, Lucas drew on his vast knowledge of 1930s Shanghai pop, thus re-creating the atmosphere of the era while rendering the emotional charge of the story.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Gary Lucas
  • Interviewee role
    guitarist and composer
  • Film title
    The Goddess
  • Festival section
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