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Mr. Hulot's Holiday: Old Film Gets New Sound

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jun 4, 2013 11:35 AM

"It's really just a sweet film, funny, a lot of slapstick and really light," says Caleb Smith of Moviate, a Harrisburg-based organization aimed at bringing avant-garde film and music to the Central PA area. Together with the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, the two groups will be holding a public viewing of the 1953 more-or-less silent French film Mr. Hulot's Holiday. While the film has its own soundtrack and occasional sound effects, Moviate and The Ned Smith Center have enlisted NYC-based band Cuddle Magic to compose a new score that the band will perform live during the film's showing.

"We use some bits of songs that are on past Cuddle Magic albums," says Alec Spiegelman, one of the singer/songwriters in the band. "And then we're also going to try and interact with the sounds that are already there."

The screening of Mr. Hulot's Holiday takes place at the Ned Smith Center on their lower patio at 7:30pm on June 29th. Cuddle Magic will also be performing a set of their music just prior to the screening. Tickets are available at

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