RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

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RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostWed Aug 02, 2017 9:08 am

I've just learned of the passing on July 28, 2017 of fellow silent film accompanist Stuart Oderman. Many of you may know him from his recorded scores, performances, and books on Arbuckle, Gish et al.

Some reminiscences and links just posted to my blog, here.

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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostWed Aug 02, 2017 9:24 am

I thought he was getting on and simply retired. I will miss his work at MOMA, with his idiosyncratic use of silence at the emotional peak of a movie.

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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostWed Aug 02, 2017 10:02 am

boblipton wrote:I thought he was getting on and simply retired. I will miss his work at MOMA, with his idiosyncratic use of silence at the emotional peak of a movie.

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Sometimes silence is best. Seems I have some films with his scores.... I'll have to check.
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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostWed Aug 02, 2017 12:02 pm

BenModel wrote:I've just learned of the passing on July 28, 2017 of fellow silent film accompanist Stuart Oderman. Many of you may know him from his recorded scores, performances, and books on Arbuckle, Gish et al.

Some reminiscences and links just posted to my blog, here.

Ben


Thanks so much for posting your memories, Ben. I got to speak to Mr. Oderman a few times at MOMA. A really nice man who was happy to share his wonderful stories about the many performers he worked with.
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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostWed Aug 02, 2017 12:09 pm

Seems like a great guy.

Don't miss the links at the bottom of Ben's page:
http://www.silentfilmmusicblog.com/2017 ... -film.html

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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostWed Aug 02, 2017 12:31 pm

Stuart's pauses would go on for half a minute, sometimes longer. He claimed it was for dramatic effect. I was always concerned he'd nodded off. Stuart's health had deteriorated considerably several years ago when a he picked up an awful virus during a hospital visit for something minor, one that almost ended his life. He recovered from it, but never quite to 100%.

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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostWed Aug 02, 2017 2:26 pm

I had the pleasure of hearing Stuart Oderman at The of National Heritage Museum in Lexington , MA. It was on a Sunday afternoon in late November 1988. I figure a silent movie on a Sunday afternoon in a museum during football season the audience will be me and maybe 10 other people. The place was packed . I say well over 200 people. They had to keep bringing in chairs to satisfy everybody. Safety Last and Cops were the films shown.
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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostThu Aug 03, 2017 9:23 am

Very sad to hear. I have been quite fortunate over the years through Donald Lee, son of Robert Lee, to have some of the recordings of Stuart Oderman taken from the original master tapes, and transferred on to CD. These were the tapes that Robert Lee originally sold through The Griggs Moviedrome/ Essex Film Club, and for the silent films they sold at the time. I'll be looking forward to starting my film series up again in October, and using some of these recordings that I have used in the past, and some that will be new to me.

Stuart continued on as the piano player for the The Essex Film Club, after Paul Norman passed on. Some of their releases will have both Oderman, and Norman on them. I think Stuart may be most remembered through The Essex Film Club, for his piano work on their release of The General. Robert Lee recorded that with perfectly timed sound effects too. I'm sad to say say I never had the chance to talk with him, and thank him for his work, and helping me to enhance my film series year after year! Some of other favorites for the club, Nosferatu, and Metropolis as well.
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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostThu Aug 03, 2017 2:16 pm

Many of Stuart's scores for Essex have been used in releases by ReelclassicDVD.

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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostThu Aug 03, 2017 3:47 pm

Don't really know much about him beyond his charming Lillian Gish book but anyone Miss Lillian was fond of is A-ok to me. RIP.
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Re: RIP Stuart Oderman (1940-2017)

PostFri Aug 04, 2017 11:26 am

I have a 16mm print of the comedy A House Divided (1913) that has a score by Mr. Oderman. I used to have a Griggs version of The Tramp (1915) with his music, but I upgraded to a Blackhawk version with a Gaylord Carter score a couple of years ago.

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