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I recently had the good fortune of attending a free screening of The Mysterious Lady (1928) at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC which was part of their film exhibition entitled: The Great War: a Cinematic Legacy. The film was introduced by James Harvey, author of Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar, who provided some insights into Greta Garbo’s performance as well as her unique screen personae. Most satisfying however, was the musical accompaniment provided by Ben Model who has been playing piano and organ at the MOMA in New York for the past 28 years. This also being my first experience seeing a silent film in a theatre was made ever so more enjoyable and interesting in both listening and watching Model’s performance. Finding myself watching Model almost as much as the film, I was surprised at how effortless his performance sounded, yet what a great deal of attention he gave to the screen – a testament to his passion for silent film, and his ability as a musician and as premier silent film accompanist (Klaus Ming August 2014).