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UW Cinematheque | “The Ancient Law” (1923) w/live score performed by Alicia Svigals & Donald Sosin

September 26, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Free admission!
Germany | 1923 | DCP | 135 min.
Director: E.A. Dupont
Cast: Ernst Deutsch, Abraham Morewski, Henny Porten
Contrasting the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860s Vienna, The Ancient Law begins when Baruch, the son of a rabbi, becomes fascinated by the theater. Against his father’s wishes, Baruch leaves home and finds his way to Vienna, where an archduchess falls in love with him and facilitates his successful career as an actor. But Baruch continues to long for home, and must find a way to reconcile his religious heritage with his love of secular literature. This new restoration from the Deutsche Kinemathek closely corresponds to the original German theatrical release, both in its length and digitally simulated color tinting. A newly composed original ensemble score by world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and celebrated silent film pianist Donald Sosin (pictured below) will be performed live by the composers. Co-presented with the support of UW Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at UW-Madison. Additional support provided by Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts. Special thanks to Jennifer Tishler and Sarah Linkert.


September 26, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Vilas Hall, Room 4070
821 University Ave
Madison, WI United States
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