As pianist, organist and composer Marie-Luise Bolte accompanied silent films at the International Film History Conferences and the cinefest.
Marie-Luise Bolte has worked intensively on the history of film music, but goes her own way. She has set silent films to music with keyboard, Hammond organ, church organ, with salon orchestra and with the use of the djembé. Bolte has led her own ensembles and presents musical compilations as well as through-composed scores, e.g. in 1996 with the "Opium Salon Orchestra" at the performance of OPIUM (1918, Robert Reinert) at the Metropolis cinema and in 2001 with the Caesar Trio (piano, trombone, drums) at the performance of HALLOH - CAESAR! (1926, Reinhold Schünzel) at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary; at cinefest 2005 for the accompaniment of DIE BIENE MAJA UND IHRE ABENTEUER (1924, Wolfram Junghans) with piano, double bass and djembé and at the Hamburg Film Festival 2007 with a four-piece ensemble to DIE BERGKATZE (1921, Ernst Lubitsch). As a soloist she improvises predominantly freely to the film. Improvisation is always a great adventure, because the question of the special sound for a silent film always arises anew.
DVD recordings are DER KOMISCHE KINTOPP, Lotte Reiniger's DIE JAGD NACH DEM GLÜCK, 18 silent commercials from the studio of Julius Pinschewer as well as silent films for DVDs of cinefest-edition
At cinefest 2019 she accompanied the film DIE STADT OHNE JUDEN (AT 1924, Hans Karl Breslauer)