Lubitsch's The Loves of Pharoah: Lost Silent Masterpiece in LA Premiere at the Egyptian
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Legends of music and movies unite as Jane's Addiction rocker Perry Farrell joins acclaimed director Gus Van Sant for a double screening of films by both artists. Van Sant crafted such contemporary classics as Good Will Hunting and Milk, but he first made a name for himself with the 1989 indie hit Drugstore Cowboy, which also put a young Matt Dillon on the map. It'll show alongside Farrell's cult comedy-nightmare Gift, for which the quirky singer-songwriter paused from belting out alternative hits like "Been Caught Stealing" to pair live footage of his band with hallucinatory fictional vignettes scored by the likes of Sly and the Family Stone. It's a rare opportunity to not only see two obscure underground cinematic gems on the big screen, but discuss them with their makers, who will engage in an audience talk-back in between films. Learn More
Featuring thousands of extras and spectacularly grandiose production design on Berlin backlots, The Loves of Pharoah rivals Metropolis as the most ambitious German production of the silent era, and was director Ernst Lubitsch’s (The Shop Around the Corner, Trouble in Paradise) last lavish German film before he left to work in Hollywood. Emil Jannings, international star and winner of the first “Best Actor” Oscar, plays Egyptian pharaoh Amenes, who must marry the daughter of the Ethiopian king (Paul Wegener, best known as director-star of The Golem) to prevent war. Things get complicated when the pharaoh’s adviser Ramphis (Harry Liedtke) sets his eye on the object of Amenes’ affection, Theonis (silent era icon Dagny Servaes).
For decades available only in fragments all over the European continent, this landmark film has been beautifully digitally restored and will be accompanied by the original symphonic orchestral score of acclaimed opera composer Eduard Kunneke, performed by a 16-piece orchestra conducted by Robert Israel. Don’t miss this exciting Los Angeles premiere, appropriately gracing the screen of the Egyptian Theatre!
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