Jonny Best

Silent Film Musician

Four extracts from G.W. Pabst’s 1929 Pandora’s Box starring Louise Brooks. This improvised score was performed at Hull Truck Theatre for Hull Independent Cinema on September 21 2018.


This is an improvised score to The Call of the Road (1920). This is the film that opened Sheffield’s Abbeydale Picture House in December 1920 and this 2015 screening at the Abbeydale celebrated the re-opening of this wonderful venue after almost forty years of closure. This music accompanies a tender, romanic scene in the first half of the film. The recording isn’t great, it’s audio only - and that clicking sound you can hear is the 35mm projector. I’m including this clip on my website because have fond memories of this performance - it was one of the first feature films I accompanied and this cinema has become one of my artistic homes.