The Fall
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 Whitehead."

To see some video of the event, select your connection speed: fast - slow.
Camera: Carl Stickley

 

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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!"