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20:45 — Genève-Plage

film concert

Festival Genève-Plage

non-subscription concert

Festival partner


Media partner


Philippe Béran

Carl Davis

Safety Last!

A silent film with Harold Lloyd, music by Carl Davis (1923)

the music

Who doesn't remember this bespectacled character hanging dangerously over the void from the clock of a Los Angeles skyscraper?

This image has been thrilling audiences since 1923, with the ingenious Harold Lloyd portraying the modern guy striving for success in the big city in Safety Last! His bare-handed climb up a building is a shining epitome of the period. Filmed at a time when special effects did not exist, this film is nevertheless filled with moments of gripping suspense!

English composer Carl Davis wrote the score for Safety Last! in 1989 to replace the original music that had been lost. His new score, perfectly synchronised with the carefully restored film, finely accumulates allusions to the dances of the Roaring Twenties: foxtrot, charleston, slow waltzes and the jazz bands of the time. It requires about twenty musicians with a preponderant place for winds, woodwinds and, of course, the saxophone, the jazz instrument par excellence. Certain sound effects suggested by the images of the film are often accentuated by the music of Carl Davis, to bring to life the silent film in his own way.

For a souvenir of the Festival, bring a cotton textile (bag, t-shirt, sweatshirt, etc.), screen printed on site offered by Loutan & Cie SA.

the venues

OSR Live

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Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales, pour orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva