*Silent film with live music score performed by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals One of the hottest tickets at the 68th Berlinale, Ewald André Dupont’s classic German silent film, THE ANCIENT
*Silent film with live music score performed by Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals
One of the hottest tickets at the 68th Berlinale, Ewald André Dupont’s classic German silent film, THE ANCIENT LAW, tells the story of Baruch (Ernst Deutsch), the son of a rabbi in Galicia during the 1860s. After participating in his shtetl’s Purim spiel, Baruch catches the acting bug and leaves home against his father’s will to join a traveling theater troupe. Once in Vienna, an Austrian archduchess develops feelings for Baruch and endeavors to turn him into a great classical actor. While his love of secular literature has not waned, Baruch’s longing for home consumes him and he soon returns to his family and life in the shtetl.
Made during the mass migration of Eastern European Jews fleeing the Russian Revolution and the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, THE ANCIENT LAW‘s depiction of 19th century Jewish life in Europe is sympathetic to the Orthodox Jewish culture of Europe’s nascent refugee population while still highlighting the tension between tradition and modernity. Four years after its release, THE ANCIENT LAW served as the primary source material for The Jazz Singer (1927), one of Hollywood’s first “talkies,” in which a cantor’s son leaves home to sing jazz in the theater.
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