Tag: silent film

TJFF 2018: The Ancient Law (1923) Live!

TJFF 2018: The Ancient Law (1923) Live!

May 7, 2018 | By

Reviews of works currently screening at TJFF 2018 begins with The Ancient Law / Das alte Gesetz (1923), a rare German film supported by a live score performance with pianist Donald Sosin and Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals.

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Film: Ancient Law, The  / This Ancient Law / Das alte Gesetz (1923)

Film: Ancient Law, The / This Ancient Law / Das alte Gesetz (1923)

May 7, 2018 | By

Recently cited as the precursor & inspiration to Warner Bros.’ classic and history making all-talking, all-singing sound hit The Jazz Singer (1927), this forgotten German silent classic was recently restored by gathering the best elements from five surviving colour-tinted prints from around the world, as the original negative and German version no longer exist…

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No Laughing Matter: Victor Hugo’s Cruel Romance “L’homme qui rit”

No Laughing Matter: Victor Hugo’s Cruel Romance “L’homme qui rit”

March 17, 2018 | By

Reviews of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs on film: the 1928 silent classic directed by Paul Leni & starring Conrad Veidt + the 2012 Jean-Pierre Améris version.

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DVD: Man Who Laughs, The (1928)

DVD: Man Who Laughs, The (1928)

March 17, 2018 | By

Cited as a strong influence on Universal’s expressionistic horror films of the 1930s, The Man Who Laughs was the first major film version of Victor Hugo’s 1869 novel that told the truly horrible tale of a disfigured child adopted by a small-time circus owner, and years later, becomes a celebrity of sorts when his disfigurement enthralls locals…

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Marilyn Lerner Talks Scoring Silent Film

Marilyn Lerner Talks Scoring Silent Film

February 21, 2018 | By

Jazz composer & improviser Marilyn Lerner discusses performing her scores live for silent films, including Frank Borzage’s Street Angel (1928) + the upcoming The Man Who Laughs (1928) at Toronto’s Revue Cinema.

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