a film by Peter Whitehead
live score by Jimi Tenor
NFT, London, 16 Mar 2001
Reality presented Peter Whitehead's
1969 classic The Fall with a newly commisioned score
from Jimi Tenor at London's National Film Theatre. According
to Marek Pytel of Reality the show went really well:
"Technically we had been working
hard stripping the original music from the film and
restoring voice overs with the original 1968 1/4" tapes
which Peter Whitehead still had and invited us to use.
Jimi rehearsed with his band Phil Laughlin, Simon Pearson,
Chris Dawkins for two days with a video of the film
and we then had a complete run through with 16mm film
projection at the National Film Theatre on the afternoon
of the show."
"The night itself finale'd with
Jimi trashing his Farfisa while Chris demolished a Hofner
provided for the occasion by The Fall's director Peter
To see some video of the event, select
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Camera: Carl Stickley
Andre Paine in NME:
"The Fall is an unpleasant home
movie masquerading as searing sociophilosophical comment.
Which prompts jazz-funk experimentalist Tenor to do
something incredible. He embraces everything the film
claims to be. Then he jams. For two hours.
But Tenor isn't just arsing around
on his organ - he's sonically dramatising what he sees.
So when dead counterculture hero Robert Kennedy appears,
Tenor does mournful. When Whitehead's protesters march,
he plays big and bombastic. When the girl falls out
of her loose-fitting dress his synth smoulders. Genius!"