The Ancient Law (Das Alte Gesetz)

The Ancient Law (Das Alte Gesetz) a cine-concert:  a screening of the foundational 1923 silent film, with a live  original score by Alicia and pianist/composer and silent film music legend Donald Sosin.   The project is available on DVD from Flicker Alley.

THE ANCIENT LAW is a landmark in Weimar cinema and an outstanding example of the creative contribution of Jewish filmmakers in 1920s Germany.  It is the story of a rabbi's son who leaves his shtetl home in Galicia and makes his way to Vienna, where an archduchess at the imperial court falls in love with him. . The movie draws a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity. 

The discovery of the censor’s certificate with the text of the original intertitles was the impetus for this new restoration of THE ANCIENT LAW, available through Flicker Alley films.  

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Photo credits:  credit: Futography LLC

Donald Sosin (pianist and composer)  has performed his silent film music at Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Kennedy Center, and major film festivals in the US and abroad. He records for Criterion, Kino, Milestone and TCM. He has played his scores for Jewish-themed silent films at the New York Jewish Film Festival. His one-act opera for families, Esther, was performed at the National Yiddish Book Center. Other Jewish music includes a short children's opera, A Parakeet Named Dreidel, Yiddish folk song arrangements, and Three Psalms, premiered in 2009 by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.



National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia

New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center

Chicago Music Box Theater

Cleveland Museum of Art

Yale University

San Francisco Silent Film Festival 

San Diego Jewish Film Festival 

Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 

Le Giornate del Cinema Muta/Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Italy (and Lubljana, Slovenia and Rijeka, Croatia)  

Cornell University 

Houston Cinema Arts Festival  

AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center, MD 

Chicago Music Box Theater  

Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque 

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia

Miami Jewish Film Festival 

Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington NY

Orpheum Theater, Fairfield, IA 

Boston Jewish Film Festival




Mini Teater, Ljubljana

Slovenia Festival of Tolerance, Maribor

Slovenia Festival of Tolerance, Kamnik

University of Kentucky, Worsham Cinema, Lexington, KY

Swarthmore College, PA

New York Klezmer Series, NYC

Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY

Denver Silent Film Festival 

The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI

Center for Moving Image Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY