The Ancient Law

SFSFF is proud to present the American premiere of Deutsche Kinemathek's new digital restoration of Ewald André Dupont's The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz) at the 23rd San Francisco Silent Film Festival. An important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history, the film takes on the theme of Jewish assimilation in 19th-century Europe as it contrasts the closed world of shtetl life with liberal society. With it's depiction of a cantor's son who breaks with family tradition to become an actor, this 1923 film was clearly the inspiration for the groundbreaking 1927 American film The Jazz Singer.

Donald Sosin and Alicia Svigals will accompany.

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