Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
"The two musicians,
they endeavored on the one hand to bring over the expression and the happenings
in the film, and on the other hand to take a critical stance to the time
and the director. This was done by a level of interpretation of their
own that was more than indicative yet left the observer adequate scope
A vehement and, above all, extremely exciting manner of film presentation".
Mittelbayerische Zeitung, Regensburg
"The duo 5 Minute
Heroes accompanied this film with percussion, wind instruments and tape,
with extremely sensitive and tender meticulousness. The observer sensed
that they must have studied the film hundreds of times over a long period
before properly getting down to it. They did not offer a slogan-like musical
background but instead musical illumination of sensitive film scenes.
The Berlin of the 20s emerged from cakewalk, waltz and jazzy step music.
Michael Mandl, the composer, demonstrated through subdued application
of his electronic instruments that computer-modeled music can be extremely
pleasant and even more suitable than a lonely and off-tune piano".
Cas Pik, St. Petersburg
"The two young men
are really remarkable, they create intricacy with astonishing ease. This
was by no means procedure and artistic means learnt by heart - part of
the music is improvisation, and each performance, each concert differs
from what has gone before. We encountered a vivid and witty experiment
that flowed with a soft, brightly elegant theme into the symphony of the
great city of Petersburg".
Hessische Nass. Allgemeine, Kassel
"With great skill
in adapting the sounds, the musicians succeeded in capturing the mood
of the vampire classic. The instruments and tempo changed scene by scene.
There were also humorous aspects, and eccentric effects to reinforce the
"The two excellent
musicians of the 5 Minute Heroes accompanied the silent film. Tubino impressed
one in particular by his fine, jazzy manner of playing. This was meticulous
instrumentation, diverse and imaginative, far from any kitsch and musical
slapstick. They also used sound recordings of their own. They managed
to capture the moods and statements of the film classic - whether surprise
and shock, unconcern and cheerfulness, melancholy, the eeriness and ghostliness
of the night shadows, or the small bliss of a joyful day. From time to
time they exaggerated ironically - the creepiness of the castle (Waldeck)
- but it was a perfect match".
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