List of Recorded Film Scores

 

Dr. Carli has performed live, improvisational piano accompaniments for over twenty years; he also does cue sheet arrangements, organ accompaniment and original scores for chamber, theater and symphonic orchestras. He specializes in period accompaniment, interweaving musical styles popular at the time of the film using original themes that heighten the emotional experience of the audience. Films for which Dr. Carli has provided recorded accompaniments include:

 

Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915; 5 reels) This adaptation of the O. Henry story was directed by Maurice Tourneur with his usual elegant and inventive visual style. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment.

 

Algie the Miner (1912; 1 reel) A hilarious short film directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, featuring a gay hero who triumphs in the Wild West. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

All Night Long (1924; 2 reels) A Sennett short featuring Harry Langdon as a doughboy in WWI. Piano score recorded for Film Preservation Associates and available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

AWOL--All wrong old laddiebuck (1919; 1 reel) 5-minute animated WWI short recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Back to God’s Country (1919; 5 reels) Written and produced by Nell Shipman and filmed on location in Canada, this classic melodrama also includes the first Canadian “nude scene” on film. Piano score recorded for distribution by Milestone Film and Video.

 

Barbed Wire (1927; 7 reels) A gripping war drama of love, intolerance and forgiveness. Dir. Rowland V. Lee, with Pola Negri and Clive Brook. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

The Blue Eagle (1926; 7 reels) A John Ford film in which rival leaders of neighborhood gangs “partnered” on a Navy submarine vie for the love of a girl. Starring George O’Brien and Janet Gaynor. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

Bobbie Bumps Starts a Lodge (1916; 1 reel) 5-minute animated short based on Buster Brown comics, recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Brown of Harvard (1918; 6 reels) The plot of this vintage comedy may be decidedly vintage, but the picture of flapper football is an over-the-top contemporary spoof. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now out of print. Contact Critics’ Choice to request a reprint.

 

The Centaurs (1921; 1 reel) 2-minute excerpt from a Winsor McKay animated short film, recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Character Studies (1925; 5:55) A short featuring the comic genius Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, recorded in 2004 for Laughsmith Entertainment.

 

The Clinging Vine (1926; 5 reels) Leatrice Joy stars in a classic Hollywood “brainy female discovers femininity” comedy, lightened in this case with a collection of business deals predicting Enron. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now out of print. Contact Critics’ Choice to request a reprint.

 

Coney Island (1917; 25:23) A short featuring the comic genius Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, made on location. Recorded in 2004 for Laughsmith Entertainment.

 

The Cook (1918; 2 reels) The extraordinary collaboration of Roscoe Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in this comedy must be seen to be believed! Piano score recorded for distribution by Milestone Film and Video.

 

The Dinosaur and the missing link, a prehistoric tragedy (1917; 1 reel) 6-minute short animated film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Dud Leaves Home (1919; 1 reel) 5-minute animated short recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

The Enchanted Drawing (1900; 1 reel) 2-minute Edison animated short recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Evangeline (1929; 9 reels) Two reels of this lovely early sound feature lost their musical tracks, and Dr. Carli interpolated replacement scores on piano solo, for distribution by Milestone Film and Video.

 

Fatty and Mabel at the San Diego Exposition (1915; 13:27) A short featuring the comic genius Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, made on location. Recorded in 2004 for Laughsmith Entertainment.

 

Fatty’s Tintype Tangle (1915; 27:23) A short featuring the comic genius Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle. Recorded in 2004 for Laughsmith Entertainment.

 

The First Circus (1921; 1 reel) 6-minute dinosaur short recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Flirting with Fate (1916; 5 reels) Suicide or murder? Douglas Fairbanks barely manages to escape both fates in this hilarious film. Piano solo accompaniment. Available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

A Florida Enchantment (1914; 5 reels) A film extraordinary not only for its bold exploration of cross-gender identity but also for the hilariously subtle comic acting of Sidney Drew and Edith Storey. Piano score recorded in 1993 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment.

 

A Fool There Was (1915; 6 reels) Theda Bara as the original vampire -- drains her man to the last drop! Dir. Frank Powell, with Theda Bara. Piano solo accompaniment. Available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

Foolish Wives (1922; 10 reels) A social drama directed by Erich von Stroheim. Recorded for Image Entertainment and available from Kino International Video.

 

Fool’s Luck (1926; 15:04) A short featuring the comic genius Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, recorded for Laughsmith Entertainment.

 

Fun in a Bakery Shop (1902; 1 reel) 1-minute Edison animated short recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Gertie on Tour (1921; 1 reel) 2-minute excerpt from a Winsor McKay animated short, recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

The Girl who stayed at Home (1919; 7 reels) This film by D. W. Griffith involves war-time love ties that cross not only the Atlantic ocean and the generations between the Civil War and the Great War, but also social conventions of virtue and honor, as the tramp (name of Cutie Beautiful!) steals the show. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now out of print. Contact Critics’ Choice to request a reprint.

 

The Great Train Robbery (1903; 1 reel) The film that started it all! Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast.

 

The Greatest Question (1919, 6 reels) A melodrama directed by D. W. Griffith and starring Lillian Gish, in which a young woman who witnessed a murder while still a small child unwittingly enters the employ of the murderers. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now out of print. Contact Critics’ Choice to request a reprint.

 

Hangman's House (1928; 1 reel) A John Ford film with Victor McLaglen, in which a girl marries a drunken wastrel to please her dying father. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now out of print. Contact Critics’ Choice to request a reprint.

 

He Resolves Not to Smoke (1915; 1 reel) 5-minute animated short fantasy recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Hell’s Hinges (1916; 5 reels) William S. Hart plays a gun-slinger who falls in love with the new preacher’s sister in the Wild West town which gives the film its name. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now out of print. Contact Critics’ Choice to request a reprint.

 

A House Divided (1913; 1 reel ) A charming short comedy about a couple’s trial separation, by Alice Guy-Blaché. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment. This film has also aired on Americna Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies. . Contact AMC or TCM to request a repeat broadcast!

 

How Men Propose (1913; 1 reel) In this hilarious 6-minute spoof, Lois Weber plays a journalist whose interest in writing an article on this particular social issue is unwittingly abetted by her three ardent lovers. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment. The film was also aired by American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906; 1 reel) 3-minute experimental animated short recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

The Hypocrites (1915; 4 reels) An extraordinary film directed by Lois Weber, in which Truth is depicted as a naked woman visible only to the pure of heart. AMC

 

Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse at the Circus (1916; 1 reel) 3-minute animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Krazy Kat, Bugologist (1916; 1 reel) 3-mintue animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Krazy Kat goes A-Wooing (1916; 1 reel) 2-minute animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

The Last Trail (1927; 5 reels) A classic Tom Mix western – Indian attacks, stage coach robberies, heroic deeds of all sorts and the old contractor’s pretty daughter. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now out of print. Contact Critics’ Choice to request a reprint.

 

Leaves from Satan’s Book (1920; 122 min.) Carl Dreyer’s second film, much influenced by Griffith’s “Intolerance”. Piano score recorded in 2004 for Film Preservation Associates.

 

Lightnin’ (1925; 8 reels) a John Ford film named for another unlikely hero, Lightnin’ Bill Jones, a drunken ne’er-do-well who manages to prevent his wife selling her hotel to real estate schemers. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

The Little American (1917; 6 reels) A war film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Mary Pickford, in which a German-American returns to Germany to fight for the Kaiser, but still wins the girl in the end. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

The Lost Battalion (1919; 5 reels) An extraordinary film celebrating the ability of soldiers from wildly disparate social and economic backgrounds to fight together in desparate circumstances in the Battle of the Argonne. Lt. Col. Charles W. Whittlesey and several other military commanders play themselves. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

The Love of Sunya (1927; 8 reels) Gloria Swanson stars in this drama in which a girl is helped to choose among her suitors by an Indian mystic who remembers wronging her in a previous life. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now available on DVD through Facets Video.

 

Mary and Gretel (1916; 1 reel) surreal 7-minute animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

The Matrimaniac (1916; 5 reels) The acrobatic comedy of Douglas Fairbanks gets full scope as his attempted elopement grows steadily more complicated. Piano score recorded for Film Preservation Associates and available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

Matrimony’s Speed Limit (1913; 1 reel), A comedy by Alice Guy-Blache, listed on the National Film Registry. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment.

 

Men’s Styles (1915; 1 reel) 3-minute excerpt from a comic strip short animated film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Mr. Nobody Holme – He Buys a Jitney (1916; 1 reel) 1-minute animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

The Mollycoddle (1920; 6 reels) As a monocled ex-patriate coming “home” to the American West, Douglas Fairbanks proves he’s got the stuff! Piano solo accompaniment, using original cue sheet. Available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

The Movies (1925; 19:13) A short featuring the comic genius Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, recorded in 2004 for Laughsmith Entertainment.

 

My Stars (1926; 12:18) A short featuring the comic genius Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle, recorded in 2004 for Laughsmith Entertainment.

 

The Narrow Road (1912; 2 reels) Mary Pickford makes an unbilled early appearance at the age of 19 in this drama, where she plays a devoted wife who tries to keep her husband from returning to a life of crime. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment.

 

Never Again! (1916; 1 reel) 2-minute animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Number, Please (1920; 2 reels) Can Harold Lloyd make a call from a phone booth faster than his rival in romance can drive to the girl’s house and back? What do you think? Piano score recorded for distribution by Milestone Film and Video.

 

The Nut (1921; 6 reels) Douglas Fairbank's flair for Keatonesque visual gags is showcased in The Nut, in which he portrays an eccentric inventor who applies his quirky contraptions to promoting the humanitarian ambitions of a Greenwich Village social worker. Piano score recorded for Film Preservation Associates and available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

One Exciting Night (1922; 11 reels) In this mystery thriller by D. W. Griffith, a girl whose mother died in childbirth (while on an ill-timed African safari!) avoids being pawned off to a wealthy millionaire by her grasping adoptive mother. Piano score recorded for distribution by Critics’ Choice Video; now available from Cinema Classics.

 

Parisian Love (1925; 7 reels) Clara Bow brings an amoral flair to life and love among the Apaches of Paris. Score recorded on piano for Kino International Film and Video.

 

The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914; 5 reels) This film was produced by L. Frank Baum himself, based on his book by that name, which includes some of the most memorable characters in the history of Oz. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment.

 

Peter Pan (1924; 10 reels) This extraordinary live action feature version of J. M. Barrie’s play was produced while the play was still in its original run and draws deeply on the original. The original orchestral score was commissioned by the Giornato del Cinema Muto for its presentation of the restoration of the single surviving print, and recorded by the Flower City Society Orchestra for Kino International Film and Video.

 

The Phable of a Busted Romance (1916; 1 reel) 2-minute animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

The Phable of the Phat Woman (1916; 1 reel) 2-minute animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Police Force NYC (1910; 1 reel) A documentary short included with the feature film Traffic in Souls. Piano score recorded for Film Preservation Associates and available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

Policy and Pie (1918; 1 reel) 7-minute Katzenjammer Kids animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Reckless Romeo (1917; 2 reels) A philandering Fatty Arbuckle gets his just desserts thanks to an unexpected newsreel appearance. Piano score recorded for distribution by Milestone Film and Video, included with The Cook.

 

Regeneration (1915; 5 reels) The first great gangster film. Dir. Raoul Walsh, with Anna Q. Nilsson and Rockliffe Fellowes. Piano solo accompaniment. Recorded for Film Preservation Associates and available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

A Romance of Happy Valley (1919; 6 reels) This delightful tug-at-your-heartstings fable is beautifully written and directed by the legendary D. W. Griffith and stunningly acted by Lillian Gish and Robert Harron. Piano solo accompaniment, originally recorded for Critics' Choice Video. Remainder copies may be available.

 

Sally of the Sawdust (1925; 10 reels) Two great names in one great film! Dir. D. W. Griffith, with W. C. Fields. Piano solo accompaniment, using original cue sheet. Available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

Scar of Shame (1927; 8 reels) A drama of life in African American culture of the early 20th century. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment.

 

The Sewer (1911; ) A slum crime drama by pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy Blache. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

Shamrock Handicap (1926; 6 reels) Janet Gaynor stars in this John Ford steeplechase drama. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

Ship of Lost Men (1929; 8 reels) A great scenic director teamed with a great actress make a literally beautiful film. Dir. Maurice Tourneur, with Marlene Dietrich. Piano solo accompaniment, originally recorded for Critics' Choice Video. Remainder copies may be available.

 

Something New (1927; 4 reels) Written, produced and co-directed by Nell Shipman, filmed on location in the Mojave desert, this film has a snappy plot, great scenery and incredible chase-scene stunts by a 1920 Maxwell sedan!

 

Stella Maris (1918; 7 reels) Mary Pickford plays a dual role in perhaps her greatest dramatic vehicle. Dir. Marshall A. Neilan, with Mary Pickford and Conway Tearle. Full orchestral accompaniment. Available from Milestone Film and Video.

 

Straight Shooting (1917; 5 reels) a John Ford western drama with the unlikely hero of an outlaw hit man; he falls in love with the heroine – the daughter of his target – and manages to defend the family from fellow outlaws. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

A Tale of Two Cities (1917; 7 reels) The classic tale in a great early feature adaptation. Dir. Frank Lloyd, with William Farnum and Jewel Carmen. Piano solo accompaniment, originally recorded for Critics' Choice Video. Remainder copies may be available.

 

Tarzan of the Apes (1918; 3 reels) The original Tarzan movie! Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

The Tempest (1928; 10 reels) In the violent storms of social and cultural upheaval before, during and after the Russian Revolution, one man’s love remains constant. Piano score recorded for Film Preservation Associates.

 

Three Bad Men (1926; 9 reels) A John Ford western drama in which three horse thieves lay down their lives to protect a young couple and their thoroughbred herd in a land rush. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

Too Wise Wives (1921; 6 reels) A social drama directed by Lois Weber. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment.

 

Traffic in Souls (1913, 6 reels) A “white slavery expose” that includes the capture of evidence by use of a cylinder phonograph, the film also boasts a beautifully paced final climax. Dir. George Loane Tucker, with Matt Moore and Ethel Grandin. Piano score recorded for Film Preservation Associates and available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

Tramp,Tramp,Tramp (1926; 6 reels) One of Harry Langdon's great comedies. Dir. Harry Edwards and Frank Capra, with Harry Langdon. Piano solo accompaniment, originally recorded for broadcast by American Movie Classics. Now available on video through Kino International Film and Video.

 

The Village Blacksmith (1922; 8 reels) Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

The Virginian (1914; 4 reels) A great early adaptation of this great western. Dir. Cecil B. DeMille, with Dustin Farnum. Piano solo accompaniment, recorded for broadcast on American Movie Classics. Contact AMC to request a repeat broadcast!

 

The Volga Boatman (1926; 11 reels) Dir. Cecil B. DeMille, with William Boyd. Piano score, using the original cue sheet. Available from Kino International Film and Video.

 

Within Our Gates (1920; 6 reels) A harrowing drama of racism, the earliest surviving feature by African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Piano score recorded in 1990 for the pioneering Library of Congress series Origins of American Film, re-released on DVD in 2001 by Image Entertainment.

 

W.S.S. Thriftettes (1918; 1 reel) 1-minute animated promotion of War Saving Stamps recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.

 

Women’s styles (1915; 1 reel) 2-minute animated short film recorded for the Library of Congress series Origins of American Animation.