THE ANCIENT LAW (DAS ALTE GESETZ)

Live musical accompaniment by the Donald Sosin Ensemble with Alicia Svigals
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Showings

Castro Theatre Sun, Jun 3 2:15 PM
$17 general / $15 member
No Service Fees!
Film Info
Director:E.A. Dupont
Cast:Henny Porten
Ruth Weyher
Hermann Vallentin
Ernst Deutsch
Year:1923
Country:Germany
Total Run Time:128 min.

Description

Ancient Law takes on the theme of Jewish assimilation in 19th-century Europe as it contrasts the closed world of shtetl life with liberal society. With its depiction of a rabbi’s son who breaks with family tradition to become an actor, this 1923 film was clearly the inspiration for the 1927 American film The Jazz Singer.

Introduction by Martin Koerber and Cynthia Walk

The new restoration by Deutsche Kinemathek marks a reconstruction corresponding to the lost 1920s German theatrical release will be shown, both in its original length, and with the color digitally restored.

Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences


Copresented by the Jewish Film Institute, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Flicker Alley, and Berlin & Beyond, Goethe-Institut