Ferdinand Zecca reportedly came up with the idea for Slippery Jim after reading about the escape acts of Harry Houdini.
Original score by Ben Model.
Ben Model was supposed to get together with me over a year ago to do this interview. But now that it finally happened he had lots to talk about.
I divided the subjects into 3 separate interviews. This is the first of three. He discusses his work as a silent film accompanist.
Ben Model is one of the USA's leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silents at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the past 28 years. Ben co-curates MoMA's annual "Cruel and Unusual Comedy" series and co-curated their 2006 Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle retrospective.
A five-time recipient of the Meet The Composer grant, Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 14th season in NYC. Ben's recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD releases from Kino Video and others. Ben's composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands.
One of the many films that Ben Model has written an original score for is Harold Lloyd‘s “Hey There”.
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The next interview with Ben Model with be about his recently released new DVD project “Accidentally Preserved“. Stay Tuned!