April 9 | 08:00 pm
Silent film with live music by Stephen Horne and Martin Pyne
Presented by Bertelsmann
Formerly a famous trapeze artist, an accident rendered him unable to work. Washed out and debilitated, he ekes out a living with his wife and child as a fairground booth operator in the middle of St. Pauli. One day sailors bring a girl to him; she is young and pretty and performs as a dancer at his booth. He falls in love with the seductive Berta-Marie, and even leaves his family for her. The two find employment at the conservatory, where they celebrate great success as a trio with the artist Artinelli. But when Boss learns that Berta is cheating on him with Artinelli, he kills the latter and turns himself in to the police. Ten years later, will he be released from prison?
Genre Silent Film
Director & Screenplay E.A. Dupont
Cinematography Karl Freund
Cast Emil Jannings, Lya de Putti, Warwick Ward, Maly Delschaft, Georg John, Kurt Gerron, Charles Lincoln, Alice Hechy, Paul Rehkopf
Production Company Universum Film AG (UFA)
Length 95 min
Ewald André Dupont (1891-1956) was born in Zeitz and directed his own variety show in Mannheim during the 1920s. As a filmmaker, he realized the first German talkie ATLANTIK (1930). With MOULIN ROUGE (1928) and VARIÉTÉ he achieved the pinnacle of his career, which was spent in his native country and Hollywood.
Ira Deutchman has been making, marketing and distributing films since 1975, having worked on over 150 films including some of the most successful independent films of all time. He was one of the founders of Cinecom and later created Fine Line Features—two companies that were created from scratch and, in their respective times, helped define the independent film business. He was also a co-founder of Emerging Pictures, the first digital projection network in the United States and a pioneer in delivering live cultural events into movie theaters. Currently Deutchman is an independent producer, and a consultant in marketing and distribution of independent films. Among his clients are Istituto Luce Cinecitta, for which he promotes Italian cinema in the U.S. He is also a Professor of Professional Practice in the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he was the Chair of the Film Program from 2011-2015. In 2017, Deutchman was awarded the Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award by the Sundance Art House Convergence for his service to independent film marketing and distribution.
Current projects include a duo with noted improvising pianist Alex Maguire, an electronic drenched trio “Kepler Orbit,” and a song writing collaboration with jazz singer Laura Zakian.
Outside of “pure music,” Martin has worked extensively with silent film, most often in this duo with Stephen Horne, and with Paul Robinson’s “Harmonie Band.”
He has a long term involvement with contemporary dance, and has ongoing collaborations with choreographers Sharon Wray and Zamira Kate Mummery.
His most recent album, of music for solo vibraphone, Behind The Mist, is available from Tall Guy Records.
He regularly performs internationally and in recent years his accompaniments have met with acclaim at film festivals in Pordenone, Bologna, San Francisco, Telluride, Paris, Cannes, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Istanbul, Berlin and Vienna.
In 2011 and 2012, Stephen was commissioned to compose ensemble scores for the London Film Festival Archive Galas of The First Born and The Manxman. In 2012 his accompaniment for ROTAIE won the main prize at the Bonn Sommerkino Festival while for three years, from 2014 to 2016, he has been named best solo accompanist in the Silent London end-of-year poll.