Thursday, 15th November 2018

Silent Films & Live Jazz

A unique opportunity to watch two German silent films accompanied by a German live Jazz Band.

Showing at the Embassy Cinema in Valletta:
Friday, 11th May: “Tartuffe” (64 mins) – R “U” – a German comedy film produced by Erich Pommer and released in 1926. It was directed by F. W. Murnau, photographed by Karl Freund and written by Carl Mayer from Molière’s original play. The film starred Emil Jannings as Tartuffe, Lil Dagover as Elmire and Werner Krauss as Orgon.

Plot: Orgon has allowed himself to be duped by a fraud, Tartuffe, who hypocritically pretends to be pious and holier-than-thou, but is really a scoundrel who wishes to take advantage of the gullible Orgon. Orgon is prepared to marry his own daughter, Mariane, to Tartuffe, even though Mariane is in love with (and betrothed to) someone already. Although Orgon’s family try to make him see sense, he refuses to acknowledge that he has fallen under the spell of the roguish Tartuffe. His own son, Damis, even points out to Orgon that Tartuffe is trying to seduce Orgon’s own wife, Elmire.

Saturday, 12th May: “The Oyster Princess” (Die Austernprinzessin) (60 mins) – R “U” – a 1919 German silent film directed by Ernst Lubitsch. It is a grotesque comedy in 4 acts about an American millionaire’s spoiled daughter’s marriage that does not go as planned. The film earned fame from his intangible use of style and sophistication among others.

Plot: Spoiled Ossi Quaker (Ossi Oswalda) is daughter to millionaire Mr. Quaker (Victor Janson) and heiress to his oyster fortune. But she wants more — namely, a husband who is a real-life prince. Eager to please her, Mr. Quaker sends for royalty in the form of Prince Nucki (Harry Liedtke). Nucki is wary, though, so he makes his friend Josef (Julius Falkenstein) visit the Quakers’ to check things out. But Josef has his own plans, and he decides to introduce himself as Prince Nucki.

Both restored films will be accompanied by a German Live Jazz Band – Küspert & Colleagues made up of Till Martin (Saxafone), Dietmar Fuhr (Double Bass), Bastian Jütte (Drums) and Werner Küspert (Guitar)

Shows start at 20:00 hours.

Tickets at €5.00  from Box Office – The Embassy Cinema, Triq Santa Lucia, Valletta (Tel.21222225) or Click here to book tickets online

In cooperation with the Goethe Institute.

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