Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Christmas Angel Meets Unsilent Night

Todays Christmas Post Is about a film music project that was posted on ChiTownView last year. “The Christmas Angel” brings together two holiday season works of art separated by 104 years. Make sure you check out our other Christmas posts.

The Movie: The Christmas Angel
Originally titled Détresse et Charité (Distress and Charity), this short made in 1904 is from French film making pioneer Georges Méliès. It tells the tale of a poor family in crisis, a young girl who is sent out by her father to beg for money when the family faces eviction. There were two versions made for French and American audiences, each with differing endings. In the American version (shown here) the little girl is saved by passing automobiles who shower her family in gifts, a distinctly more Hollywood-style happy ending than the version shown to the French in which the girl dies and is carried off to heaven by a “Christmas Angel”.
Director: Georges Méliès
Producer: Georges Méliès
Production Company: Star Film
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

The Music: Unsilent Night

The soundtrack is a version of "Unsilent Night which is an original composition by Phil Kline. It is written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. From there it takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. The fact that the participants play different "parts" simultaneously helps create the special sound of the piece. Participants carry boomboxes, or anything that amplifies music, and simultaneously start playing the music. They then walk a carefully chosen route through their city’s streets, creating a unique mobile sound sculpture which is different from every listener's perspective. This recording of Unsilent Night Event is from San Francisco CA, December 20, 2008. and can found on It was created by RTB45 and was found on 

For information on cities and dates for this years performances of “Unsilent Night” check out their website.

This work is licensed under the Attribution License.

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