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In creating ‘Faust’ score, the devil is in the details

Silent classic to come alive with musical accompaniment

By David Weininger
Globe Correspondent / October 28, 2011

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CAMBRIDGE - In his narrow, crowded office at MIT, Martin Marks plays the piano. Just over his shoulder, the screen of his Mac is showing “Faust,’’ a classic German film made in 1926 by F.W. Murnau. As the scenes change, so does the accompaniment - scraps of music by Gounod, Schubert, Saint-Saens, and others, assembled by Marks. Behind him stands soprano and fellow MIT faculty member Ellen Harris. The two will give a public performance with the film tomorrow at MIT’s Killian Hall.

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Film by F.W. Murnau

Musical accompaniment by Ellen Harris and Martin Marks

At: Killian Hall, MIT, 7 p.m., tomorrow. Free. 617-253-3210,