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Our Heavenly Bodies

(Hanns Walter Kornblum, 1925)

New Restoration

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Join us for a memorable night of live music and film when Nashville-based group Coupler performs their soundtrack for a new digital restoration of Our Heavenly Bodies, one of the least-known technical marvels of the silent era.

In the early 1920s, German filmmaker Hanns Walter Kornblum set out to make a film unlike any before—one that was both a summation of all known astronomical knowledge and a dreamy investigation of what wonders might await with the advent of space travel. The result revels in the mysteries of the universe in a way that anticipates Carl Sagan’s Cosmos more than 50 years before the fact.

Founded in 2012 by Ryan Norris, a veteran of the beloved band Lambchop, Coupler explores the intersections between man and machine, live and recorded, composed and improvised, stasis and flux. Their techno-organic sound will provide an amazing complement to this silent treasure’s beautifully retrofuturistic visuals. (91 mins., DCP)

Digital restoration of Our Heavenly Bodies courtesy of Filmmuseum München.

SEASON SUPPORT FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation

SUPPORT FOR THE FILM/VIDEO STUDIO PROGRAM
Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
National Endowment for the Arts

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation

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Our Heavenly Bodies