CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Jan. 19, 2000
UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
LECTURE ON 'ILLUSTRATED SONG SLIDES' JAN. 28 -- Rick Altman, a professor
of cinema and comparative literature and director of film studies at the University
of Iowa, will present a lecture on "Illustrated Song Slides and the Multimedia
Context of Early Silent Film Accompaniment" at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan.
28 in Room 1027 of the Voxman Music Building.
In his presentation, Altman will introduce a forgotten form of American
multimedia entertainment. Illustrated song slides, which flourished from about
1895 to 1914, offered a separated hand-colored, projected image to illustrate
each line of the popular songs of the day. A soloist would sing the verses,
then the audience would be invited to join in the chorus, often many times
Constituting an important portion of turn-of-the-century vaudeville and
early cinema programs, illustrated songs provided an essential mode of advertising
sheet music and records at a time when sound technology was rapidly expanding
Altman has written about the Hollywood musical, genre theory and film sound.
The French translation of his book "The American Film Musical" won
the French Film Critics Award for the best book about film of 1992. His most
recent book, "Film/Genre" won the Kovacs prize as best film book
of the year (1999).
His current research project for a book on "Silent Film/Sound Cinema"
involves a thorough rethinking of silent film sound.
Altman's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Colloquium
series presented by the musicology and music theory areas of the UI School
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
The UI Film Studies program is on the World Wide Web at http://www.uiowa.edu/~complit/.