Not only is he the star but Erich von Stroheim also wrote this remarkable first film as its director. Playing a womanizing cad rather than his usual evil Hun, he gave silent-era audiences another reason to hiss at him as he tries to snare a conquest at a resort in the Austrian Alps.
Restoration by the Austrian Film Museum
Live music by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
A chamber ensemble that revives the tradition of silent-film orchestras, Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra culls historic libraries of music for its live musical accompaniments. Together, musicians Rodney Sauer, Britt Swenson, David Short, Brian Collins, and Dawn Kramer have recorded and toured widely, creating vibrant, emotional, and historically appropriate scores for more than 125 films. Officially formed in 1994 after discovering the music collection of a 1920s-era theater music director, the ensemble combines precision playing with expert selections to bring silent cinema to life.
Image credit: Pamela Gentile