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"The Gold Rush", by Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin saw a photograph of an incredible number of gold diggers on their way to Chilkoot Pass in Klondike. This gave him the idea of making a film on this subject. It was one of his greatest successes. It is the narration of the vicissitudes of a gold digger who, with the help of a friend he met in a comical way on the mountain, finds at the end the gold and becomes a multi-millionaire. He fells in love with Georgia and in the end he manages to marry her.

There are some of the most known scenes of his career, such as the rolls' dance and the scene when his friend Big Jim mistakes him for a chicken.

Gatto Marte and the Film

It has been a great pleasure to compose the music for this film. We tried to underline the various moments of the film. The atmosphere vary from dramatic to comic, from sentimental to inner feelings. We tried to treat our instruments as actors making them playing each role of the real actors in the scene. Sometimes the instruments have an onomatopoeic role. There are other moments when we wanted to emphasize the psychological point of view of the characters.

It is always a challenge; every time we perform the music with the film it is always different. Apart from the fixed pieces, there are moments when the film itself becomes our score. It is always a great fun to perform it.

Gatto Marte

Italian eclectic quartet (violin, bassoon, piano and double-bass) founded in 1991. It's music has always been linked to theatre, cinema and visual arts in general as well as musical story-telling and the description of particular atmospheres. The music can be described as "eclectic chamber music" with melancholic moments and sense of humour, influenced by classical music of the 20th century as well as folk music (Mediterranean, Eastern European) and jazz (in mentality and approach, especially with the improvised pieces).

The ensemble has played all over Europe (most recently in Belgium). In January they went to California to present their score of the film Faust at the Globe State Theatre in Monterey, California, with the occasion of the re-opening of the theatre.

Gatto Marte are:
Nino Cotone violin
Giuseppe Brancacciobassoon
Maximilian Brooks piano
Pietro Lusvardi double-bass
Danae 1997(self-produced)
Gioco del mago2000(Lizard)
Pieroino 2001(Music Center)
Leolombrico 2003(Music Center)
Marachelle 2005(Music Center)
Solo Projects: Pietro Lusvardi:
Progetto Contrabbasso2001(Music Center)
Animali Rari 2004(Music Center)
Music Festivals:
Autunno Musicale 1998
Arezzo Wave 2000
Strade del Cinema2002
Strade del Cinema2003
Con tristezza la morte del Gatto Marte1995
Puppet show 2001
Malombra (1917)by Carmine Gallone 75'2000
A Woman (1915)by Charlie Chaplin 20'2002
The Goldrush(1925)by Charlie Chaplin 85'2002
Ballonatic by Buster Keaton 35'2003
Faust (1926)by Frederich Murnau115'2005