The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) 18

The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz)

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  • Sun 3 Jun
  • 135 minutes
  • Director: Ewald André Dupont
  • Cast: Ernst Deutsch, Henny Porten, Ruth Weyher
  • Germany (1923)

Synopsis

In the mid 1800s in Galicia, Baruch Mayer (Ernst Deutsch), yearns to become an actor. Despite the expectation to follow in his father’s footsteps and become an orthodox rabbi, he breaks from tradition and leaves the shtetl in pursuit of his dream. Whilst performing in a travelling theatre troupe he meets the Austrian archduchess, Elisabeth Theresia (Henny Porten), who falls in love with the young man. With her support he joins the renowned Vienna’s Burg Theatre company where he soon rises to fame.


“With its complex portrayal of orthodoxy and emancipation, E. A. Dupont’s period film marks a highpoint of Jewish filmmaking in Germany. This new restoration marks the first time that a version corresponding to the lost 1920s German theatrical release will be shown, both in its original length, and with the colourisation digitally restored.” – Berlinale 68


This will be the UK premiere of the restoration, and will be shown on 2K DCP with live musical accompaniment from Meg Morely.

Australian-born Meg Morley has been playing for silent films since 2015 and "has shot to the top in a very short time with a unique and entirely authentic voice for modern audiences" [Neil Brand 2017]. Recently deemed an Exceptional Talent by Arts Council England, Meg released two debut recordings of original music in 2017 and in March this year the Meg Morley Trio made their silent film performance debut with a semi-improvised score for Hitchcock's The Lodger.