The Ancient Law with live original music by pianist Donald Sosin and violinist Alicia Svigals
April 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Ancient Law (Das Alte Gesetz) is a cine-concert: a screening of the foundational 1923 silent film, with a new live original score by Alicia Svigals and pianist/composer and silent film music legend Donald Sosin.
Weimar-era silent cinema offered complex depictions of Jewish communities in Germany. One of the finest efforts of Ewald André Dupont (Varieté, Picadilly), THE ANCIENT LAW follows Baruch (Ernst Deutsch), a rabbi’s son who longs for the cosmopolitan lights of the Viennese theater. A respectful presentation of shtetl life, the film draws a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity. This outstanding example of the creative contribution of Jewish filmmakers in 1920s Germany has been newly restored by Deutsche Kinemathek in a version that accurately reconstructs the tinting and intertitle text for the first time.
This performance is sponsored by the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.
THE ANCIENT LAW
A film by EWALD ANDRÉ DUPONT
Written by HEINRICH LAUBE (MEMOIRS), PAUL RENO
Starring HENNY PORTEN, RUTH WEYHER, HERMANN VALLENTIN