Damian Mahler smiles and exhales in relief. He has just finished performing a concert of almost two hours with a score that he defined, in the previous one, as one of the most difficult he has ever seen. He takes that book that he has been studying for months, gives it a kiss and offers it to the public. Behind him celebrate about 70 musicians, at his feet applauds a Luna Park full of thirty and forty-year-olds who relive the film that marked their childhoods, of dinosaurs that continue to walk among us.
The show Jurassic Park in concert, which took place this Sunday in the Buenos Aires temple of the box, proposed to review the iconic film of the duo Steven Spielberg - John Williams on a giant screen and with a live symphony orchestra, which was in charge of Mahler.
It is a format that has been working for several years and that the young director made his own. It began with Back To The Orchestra, a show that paid homage to several classic scores of Pop culture (Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, among others) and then in December of last year, playing the score of ET with the film in the background at Luna Park.
The audience applauded at different times during the screening of the film.
But Jurassic Park was somewhat more complex, and he perceived it the moment he received the score. It is not only about the technical difficulty of a book that combines scenes of terror with absolute silences and persecutions that today – 30 years later – still cause tension. Also the impact on pop culture of the chords. Music is not only unmistakable, it is irreplaceable. Imagining this film without Williams' songs is like thinking about it without Velociraptors.
What Mahler says
"To make Jurassic Park in concert was to re-understand the relevance not only of Spielberg as a filmmaker but also of the role that music has in his films by Williams. Together they built this mind-blowing piece that continues to amaze audiences of all ages. It was a privilege to celebrate his 30th anniversary in a big way by playing his music live," Mahler told Clarín hours after the show.
Almost 30 years after its premiere, "Jurassic Park" continues to excite.
"This is a broad proposal, it already covers moviegoers and lovers of symphonic music, but I think there is something even more powerful, and that is the generational factor. We are accompanied by a very enthusiastic audience driven by nostalgia to relive that past that gave so much, "adds the director, and concludes: "The enthusiastic audience applauding at every highlight of the film was one of the most exciting things of the night."
Back at the show, the orchestra showed off in charged scenes such as the final chase or in Journey to the island. But also in minor moments (the scene of Mr. DNA, for example, was impeccable), it was always seen adjusted to precision.
"This proposal covers moviegoers and lovers of symphonic music," says Damián Mahler.
Attention is forcibly divided between the movements on stage and the film that everyone present knows almost by heart. Among the hits will be rabid applause after the moment when the Brachiosaurus first appear before the eyes of the paleontologist played by Sam Neill.
And in the seats, the audience agrees with the director. There are thirtysomethings with dinosaur tattoos, there are movie fans and some kids too. "I came with a co-worker. We are both paleontologists largely because of having seen this film of boys, "says Martín, who came with a shirt with the iconic T-Rex logo on his chest. "It's one of those films that change millions of childhoods," he summarizes.
Even almost 30 years later, for this multitude of forties, dinosaurs are still giant beasts that make them look tiny in comparison. They are still as colossally large as during childhood.