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J.S. Zamecnik Weekend. The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra accompanies


United States | 1927 | F.W. Murnau

SUNRISE film still and Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra portrait

The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra (see 2/19), conducted by Rodney Sauer, returns to accompany a movie frequently cited as the pinnacle of silent screen art! The esteemed ensemble will perform its own score to this late silent work that is almost always heard with a recorded Hugo Riesenfeld soundtrack. Mont Alto's score (one of the band's favorites) is heavy on pieces by Zamecnik. Sunrise is a moving fable in which a country bumpkin (George O’Brien), seduced by a vamp from the city, tries to murder his innocent, loving, and faithful wife (Janet Gaynor). But he relents, repents, and instead spends a romantic day with her in a glitzy, jazzy, modern metropolis. This lyrical masterpiece by F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu) was voted the 5th best movie ever made by over 800 international critics and film professionals polled by Britain’s Sight & Sound magazine in 2012. It is not to be missed! “A breathtaking display of cinematic virtuosity…One of the masterworks of the art form.” –The New Yorker. DCP. 97 min. plus intermission.

Special admission $15; members, students, and those age 25 & under $12. No passes or twofers.

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