Silent film with live score by Alicia Svigals
A young Jewish woman (silent film superstar Pola Negri) living in a Polish shtetl fights the odds while trying to fulfill her ambition to study medicine in Russia but is coerced into prostitution to pay the rent. Shot on location in the former Jewish quarter of Warsaw at the end of World War I and on the eve of the Russian Revolution, this silent film rarity addresses ethnic and religious discrimination, human trafficking and poverty in remarkably progressive terms. Presented with a lush score performed live by Grammy-winning violinist and composer Alicia Svigals, virtuoso pianist Marilyn Lerner and clarinetist Laura DeLuca. The hour-long film will be followed by a talkback with Svigals and others.
Directed by Eugen Illés and Victor Janson, 1918.
The film is 63 minutes.
Alicia Svigals is the world's leading klezmer fiddler, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics who she co-led for seventeen years, and a composer who was selected to be a 2014 MacDowell Fellow. She has played with and composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, the late poet Allen Ginsberg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, Avraham Fried, and singer/songwriters Diane Birch, Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar, among others.
"It's a rare treat for any silent movie buff."
– Roger Ebert