Lady Windermere’s Fan
Oscar Wilde’s drawing room comedy skewering stuffy Victorian mores is updated and transferred to the screen by Ernst Lubitsch, who masterfully replaces Wilde’s verbal wit for a visual one. Now in a sparkling new restoration by New York’s MoMA.
Restoration by the Museum of Modern Art, with the financial support of Matthew and Natalie Bernstein
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