2020 FESTIVAL POSTPONEMENT: 15th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Postponed Until Further Notice


Will be rescheduled at a later date

The Ancient Law

A recently restored German silent film about Jewish life in 19th-century Europe, The Ancient Law is a precursor to Warner Brothers' The Jazz Singer. The film tells the story of a rabbi's son who yearns to become an actor, against the wishes of his father. With its historically authentic set design and ensemble of prominent actors, the film is an important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history that contrasts the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860s Vienna. The film will be shown with live musical accompaniment by pianist Donald Sosin and violinist Alicia Svigals, playing their original score for the film.

This screening is free and open to the public. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Introduction and post-screening Q&A with Cynthia Walk, Professor Emerita of German Literature and Film Studies at UC San Diego.

Drama | 1923 | 135 minutes
Germany | German and Silent with English Intertitles 
Directed by Ewald ANDRÉ DUPONT




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