Alliance Française de Bombay and KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Somaiya Vidyavihar University, with the support of the French Institute in India, The Film Preservation Associates, and the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) are thrilled to bring to you — Moving Pictures: Rare Indian and French gems from the Silent Film Era with live music!

The Cine-Concert is performed by the French duo Robert Piéchaud (on piano) & Stan de Nussac (on saxophone, flute & bass clarinet)

Free & Open for All | Limited Seats

Wednesday, 29 November 2023
6.00 pm
Smt. Sakarben Karamshi Somaiya Sabhagruha, Somaiya Vidyavihar University


The silent film era of the 1900s and 1930s is long forgotten. Some classics failed to withstand the test of time, while others lay ‘dormant’ in film archives around the world. 

Films will be shown on a giant screen, accompanied by musicians playing original compositions live on stage. It is a means of resuscitating silent film repertoires and inviting audiences to discover or rediscover cinematic classics, through a different lens. 

The silent films include a varied selection of films starring the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, as well as productions by René Clair and the renowned Dadasaheb Phalke. 


Robert Piéchaud 

A pupil of Claude Helffer in piano, Gilles Harlé in organ, and Charles Bornstein in orchestration, Robert performs regularly in recitals and specialises in chamber training and compositions for voice and piano. He is passionate about silent cinema, regularly participating in film-concerts at prestigious venues like the Louvre Auditorium and the Cinémathèque Française.

Stan de Nussac

A versatile multi-instrumentalist who holds a 1st prize for excellence in jazz saxophone, as well as a state jazz diploma, he earned a Masters in ethnomusicology on P’ansori (traditional Korean song) at the Sorbonne University. De Nussac collaborated with Maurice Béjart, improvising as a saxophonist during the ballet ‘Opera’ (1993) and composing for Sylvie Guillem in ‘Sissi, Impératrice anarchiste’. His diverse work extends to theatre, composing for Laura Forti’s ‘Nema Problema’ (2012), and silent cinema, where he partners with Robert Piéchaud in film concerts.