The Ancient Law


April 2

Revival House
with live original music by Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin
E.A. Dupont’s once-lost, now-restored 1923 German masterpiece tells the inspired-by-fact story of a rabbi’s son (Ernst Deutsch) who shuns the shtetl to become an actor, and finds temptation from an archduchess (Henny Porten). The cast is filled with Berlin’s finest stage and screen actors; the exquisite design is by a group of gifted, visionary artists. The film is accompanied by a live, original score composed and performed by the world-famous klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals (co-founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics) and pianist Donald Sosin, a silent film music legend. A sensational evening of history, music and spectacle. (Germany, 1923, 135m).
“A lost gem .. The cinematography is spectacular, emulating the light and shadow of a Rembrandt etching.” –Film Society at Lincoln Center