Ped Mall -Scene 1 Sun, Oct 27, 2019 7:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Special Event
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:85 minutes
Director:Ted Wilde
Year Released:1928
Production Country:USA


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Alloy Orchestra Presents: Speedy
Live at The Englert Theatre
Sunday, October 27 at 7pm (doors at 6:00pm / show at 7:00pm)
Co-presented by FilmScene and The Englert Theatre
$25 public / $20 FilmScene Members and Friends of the Englert / $15 seniors and students


"The pleasures of Speedy, like those of earlier Lloyd features, lie in the physical action and the ways in which the star and his director carefully build the gags so that one leads to the next with a breathless pace." - Kenneth George Goodwin, Rough Cut

"Remains fascinating as a visual record of New York in the late 1920s." - Mike D'Angelo, AVClub

Alloy premiered their score for Harold Lloyd's Speedy at the Telluride Film Festival in September, 2001. Speedy is Lloyd's last silent film and certainly one of his best. See why Lloyd was more popular than even Chaplin and Keaton at the end of the silent era. This fast paced dramatic comedy, shot in the streets of New York, explores the theme of modernization, pitting the last horse drawn trolley in the city against the evil forces of the transit monopoly.


"100 Most Creative People in Entertainment…Telluride Film Festival faves, these Boston-based musicians have rejuvenated the art of silent film with thrillingly quirky, percussive scores." - Entertainment Weekly

"The maestros of sproing-and-chunk grandeur." - The Nation 

"Accompaniment is really an inadequate description of the voodoo they do with their strange and wonderful repertoire of sonic surprises." - Detroit Metro Times

Alloy Orchestra has been called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films" by Roger Ebert, and features multi-instrumentalist Terry Donahue, director and percussionist (and former Iowa City resident) Ken Winokur, and keyboardist Roger C. Miller. Past films presented by Alloy Orchestra at the Englert include Metropolis, Nosferatu, The General, Lonesome, Man With a Movie Camera, A Page of Madness and Variete.   

An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable.

Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. The can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the 20's. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars or swept up in the Russian Revolution.