VARIETY with live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner
Sunday, January 29 at 1:00
(1925, E.A. Dupont) Ex-trapeze artist Emil Jannings (The Blue Angel and first Best Actor Oscar-winner) decides to chuck wife, family, and his peep show/carnival when hoochie-coochie dancer Lya de Putti, the orphan he’s taken in, looks like his ticket back to the big time. But when they form a smash act in the air with a dashing high flyer, it’s a triangle on the ground – and the hefty Jannings is the “catcher” of the act. A landmark of German expressionism, oft-censored on first release, with visual pyrotechnics by the great Karl Freund, DP of Metropolis, The Last Laugh, and… I Love Lucy! New DCP restoration.
The digital restoration was undertaken by the foundation Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung, working with the Filmarchiv Austria, using nitrate prints from both the US Library of Congress and the Filmarchiv Austria.
“Flawlessly done…From the razzmatazz of the music hall milieu to the details of the couple’s squalid little room; and he used these with the appurtenances of the expressionists — the superimpositions, the camera angles, the lighting. The combination was a winning one for foreign audiences.”
– David Shipman