DeSoto Film and Music Series




WHAT: “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” with live original score by Cuddle Magic
WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Road, Millersburg
COST: $10
INFO AND TICKETS: 717-692-3699 or


The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is proud to announce the third and final installment in the 2012-2013 DeSoto Film and Music Series: a screening of the classic 1953 French comedy “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday,” with a live original score by NYC-based Cuddle Magic.  The Center has teamed up with Harrisburg-based film co-op Moviate to present the series.  This is the second time that the two organizations have partnered to present the series, and their fourth overall collaboration, which includes 2010’s highly successful Bigfoot Film Festival.

“Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” is revered as one of cinema’s great comedies, and Jaques Tati’s Mr. Hulot is an understated, French Mr. Bean-esque character.  Mr. Hulot appears in many films, but “Holiday” is universally-acknowledged as the best and most beloved.

Hulot is a silent clown (Tati worked as a mime as a young man), and as Roger Ebert espoused in his 1996 review of the film, “The movie is constructed with the meticulous attention to detail of a Keaton or Chaplin. Sight gags are set up with such patience that they seem to expose hidden functions in the clockwork of the universe.”

New York City-based Cuddle Magic has composed an original score to the film.  Cuddle Magic is six multi-instrumentalist singers and songwriters who like to play quietly and close together, which is why they’re called Cuddle Magic.

The band formed in Boston when pianist Christopher McDonald and bassist and guitarist Ben Davis set out to perform some of their songs, especially some new songs written by Davis and his older brother, Tim, who had been collaborating since early childhood. Their first, self-titled album, recorded in a practice room and an art gallery in just a handful of days, also featured clarinetist Alec Spiegelman’s plaintive love songs and a dream-like ballad by singer Kristin Slipp. The band now plays songs by all four composers. Cole Kamen-Green and Dave Flaherty, who play trumpet-percussion and drum-vibes, respectively, have helped to define the band’s “quiet storm” sound over their three albums.

They tour frequently and record incessantly, playing dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.

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