with live accompaniment by Alloy Orchestra
Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 7:00pm


This screening take place in the Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall

$10 general admission, FREE to UC students with ID

Alloy Orchestra brings their outrageous assemblage of found percussion to the Logan Center stage for the Chicago premiere of their live score for E.A. Dupont’s carnival fever dream Varieté. Emil Jannings is a sideshow manager who abandons his family to form a trapeze duo with a beautiful orphan, but his high-flying happiness comes crashing down when a handsome trapeze cad seduces his young love. Karl Freund’s seemingly weightless camera is a perfect match for the high-wire action, and Jannings gives a surprisingly touching performance. The film was heavily censored for its American release, but this new DCP restoration brings back all the thrills, chills, and heartbreak of this forgotten Weimar-era gem. (E.A. Dupont, Germany, 1925, 95 min., DCP)

Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble that writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era. An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous “rack of junk” and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. They can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the 1920s. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars, or swept up in the Russian Revolution.

Sponsored by the Film Studies Center and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.