Here is the Royal Festival Hall introduction to this special screening:
Tonight's performance is a live Philharmonia Orchestra concert screening of the 1927 silent film Love, featuring the world premiere of a new score. The Philharmonia Orchestra provides live accompaniment to a screening of Love, featuring virtuoso violinist Vadim Repin and conducted by Frank Strobel. Aphrodite Raickopoulou has written a new score for this classic silent film, which is based on Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina. The score was written especially for the renowned violinist Vadim Repin, whom Yehudi Menuhin described as 'the best violinist I have ever heard'. Made in 1927 by director Edmund Goulding, Love starred the most celebrated screen couple of the era: Greta Garbo and John Gilbert. The New York Times motion picture critic Mordaunt Hall described Greta Garbo, in this role, as 'a blonde Mona Lisa' and wrote that she 'outshines any other performance she has given to the screen'.