Films

Minima have written soundtracks for a number of popular silent feature films, as well as some more unusual films. The titles below represent what we are currently touring and performing.

Other scores include the Soviet science fiction caper Aelita, Queen of Mars, the underground cult French avant-garde film The Seashell and the Clergyman, the Japanese drama Crossways, the Romanian melodrama Manasse and the British silent noir Piccadilly.

Film clips with our scores can be found on our YouTube page.


CaligariThe Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The quintessential German Expressionist film masterpiece. Robert Wiene’s distorted sets, sinister shadows and unnerving characters created a paranoid, unreal world at a time of despair throughout Europe.


NosferatuNosferatu

One of the silent era’s masterpieces. Its eerie, Gothic feel – and chilling performance from Max Shrek as the vampire – set the template for horror films that followed. Darkly humorous and tender too – this is a story of yearning and the search for fulfilment.


PhantomThe Phantom of the Opera

The classic 1925 thriller starring Lon Chaney, the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, as the disfigured Phantom, wreaking havoc beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House.


LodgerThe Lodger

Set in a foggy and unsettled London with a Jack the Ripper type serial killer on the loose, this is Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece of atmospheric thriller filmmaking, containing many of his subsequent trademark themes, and also features his first recognisable film cameo.


The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Lotte Reiniger’s delightful silhouette animation is the earliest surviving animated feature film. For audiences of all ages, this programme is also available as a workshop event, demonstrating and discussing the film and our score.


Vampyr

Carl Th. Dreyer’s early sound film retains the look and feel of a silent, but is an altogether more modern affair – chilling and enigmatic. Minima collaborate and perform with renowned pianist Stephen Horne.