The Merry Widow
American showgirl Sally O’Hara (Mae Murray) shows up in Erich von Stroheim’s decadent European capital where cousins Prince Danilo Petrovich (John Gilbert) and Crown Prince Mirko (Roy D’Arcy) vie for her affections in the Von’s biggest hit.
DCP from the Austrian Film Museum
Live music by Maud Nelissen conducting the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra
Dutch composer and pianist Maud Nelissen has earned international acclaim performing live and recording both solo and with her ensemble, The Sprockets. She made her American debut in 2008 at the Telluride Film Festival and, in 2011, she performed at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Los Angeles. For The Merry Widow, she will be conducting an expanded Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra that includes Andrew Brown, Emily Lewis, Kate Polera, and Naomi Smith along with the usual quintet—Rodney Sauer, Britt Swenson, David Short, Brian Collins, and Dawn Kramer. Maud Nelissen will conduct as well as playing piano and Rodney Sauer will add accordion. Music by Franz Léhar and Maud Nelissen, arranged by Nelissen.