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The Ancient Law: Silent Movie + Live Score

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Screenings & Events


Monday, March 23, 2020 | 07:00PM - 09:00PM |The Paramount Theatre

The Stroum Jewish Community Center announced the decision not to proceed with the Seattle Jewish Film Festival scheduled for March 19 – 29 and April 4 – 5. Options are being explored for a rescheduled film festival to take place in the summer or early fall of 2020.

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STG + SJFF Present a "Silent Movie Mondays: Special Edition"

Featuring an original live score performed by composer/world-renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and celebrated composer/pianist Donald Sosin, with special guest clarinetist Laura DeLuca.

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ATTN 8-Pack Purchasers: To redeem for tickets, you MUST call the SJFF ticket hotline (206.388.0833) to reserve your will call ticket(s) or come to the SJFF Box Office. On the day-of-show, the SJFF box office will be located at The Paramount Theatre Lobby. Will call tickets only. No print-at-home or mobile tickets. You cannot redeem online. Please RSVP to redeem to avoid delays at the door. Will call physical tickets only. Do not go to the STG box office!

ATTN Pass holders: You will need a ticket for this event. Please go to the SJFF box office day-of-show, located in The Paramount Theatre lobby. Pass holders will receive physical tickets. Do not go to the STG box office!

About The Film

A silent precursor to THE JAZZ SINGER, this German film, directed by E.A. Dupont, tells the story of the son of an Orthodox rabbi from a poor shtetl who breaks with family tradition and leaves to become an actor. The film will be accompanied by an original live score, performed by violinist/composer Alicia Svigals (a founding member of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics), pianist/composer Donald Sosin, and special guest clarinetist Laura de Luca from Music of Remembrance. Digitally restored film from the Deutsche Kinemathek (Berlin). Live performance made possible by underwriting from the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts.

Following the film, join composers/musicians Alicia Svigals and Donald Sosin, and film scholar Cynthia Walk of the Sunrise Foundation for Education and the Arts, for a CineClub community conversation in The Paramount Bar. 

Download this PDF with in-depth infomation about the film and score.

SJFF Pass + 8-Pack purchases are valid for the show. 8-Pack ticket(s) must be redeemed: by emailing, by calling the box office 206-388-0833, or at the box office day-of-show. Individual tickets are purchased through STG. Please note that additional fees apply to STG online purchases throug Ticketmaster, and are not charged when you visit STG in person. STG offices are a walkup service only and do not sell tickets by phone or have access to information on ticket availability by phone. FAQ can be found on STG website.  


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Violinist/composer Alicia Svigals is the world’s leading klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics. She has worked with violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Debbie Friedman and Chava Albershteyn. Svigals was awarded a Foundation for Jewish Culture commission for her original score to the 1918 film The Yellow Ticket, and is a MacDowell fellow.

 Sosin web Pianist/composer Donald Sosin is well known to Seattle audiences from his many performances at SIFF and Kenyon Hall. Since 1971, he has performed his scores for silent films (often with his wife, singer/lyricist/percussionist Joanna Seaton) at Lincoln Center, MoMA, BAM, the National Gallery; many college campuses including Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Brown, and major film festivals in New York, San Francisco, Telluride, Hollywood, Pordenone, Bologna, Shanghai, Bangkok, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, and Jecheon, South Korea. His score for The Ancient Law, co-written with violinist Alicia Svigals, was released on DVD/BluRay in 2018 by Flicker Alley.
 DeLuca web Laura DeLuca joined the Seattle Symphony in 1986 following her education at Northwestern university where she studied with the celebrated clarinetist, Robert Marcellus. She is also a co-founding member of Seattle Chamber Players, a contemporary music ensemble formed in 1989 boasting nearly one hundred commissioned works. Music has been a passport to the world, performing in historic concert halls in Europe, Russia, China and South America. Closer to home, Laura regularly performs with Music of Remembrance, Icicle Creek series, and has soloed with Seattle Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony, Cascade and Rainier Symphonies.

Director Bio

E.A. Dupont was a renowned columnist in Germany when he entered the motion picture industry as a screenwriter in 1917. Known as a pioneer of the German film industry, as a director, he was an outstanding proponent of the German expressionist style and one of the forces behind the development of sound film. As so many other film artists from Germany, Dupont, a Jew, was forced to abandon his homeland in 1933 with the rise of Hitler.  After a stint in Great Britain, he made films in Hollywood.  Most agree that his peak period was the silent and early sound era. At one point, the American trade journal Film Daily listed him as a nominee for one of the ten best film directors.  He had an up and down career.  His most well-known films are classics today: VARIETY (1925), MOULIN ROUGE (1928), and PICCADILLY (1929).

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Film Details:

Original Title: Das alte Gesetz
: E.A. Dupont
Country: Germany
Language: German
Running Time: 128m
Year: 1923
Genre: Silent Drama