TONIGHT: spend your Easter with the devil…

the Silent Movie Theater is playing F. W. Murnau’s Faust with live musical accompaniment tonight. it’s to celebrate jesus. that’s okay, i guess i’ll give him today, since every other day in the year is to celebrate jesus satan, which is ALWAYS a way better party, anyway.

say, what's your name?
say, what’s your name?

Faust (w/ live score by Cabeza De Vaca Arkestra)
Saturday, April 12th @ 8:00pm
Co-presented by L.A. Record
Tickets – $14
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A landmark of German Expressionism, Faust was Murnau’s final film in Germany, impressing Fox Studios so much that they lured him to the U.S. immediately afterwards.  The most expensive UFA film to date-taking six months to film, and costing over two million marks–Faust is full of bravura effects, including the magnificent signature visual of Mephistopheles towering over a miniature of Faust’s village like an enormous Angel of Death.  Faust was also the final collaboration with Emil Jannings (who also played the fired doorman in Murnau’s Last Laugh, and the title role in Tartuffe).  Jannings’ chameleonic performance is typically excellent, and, along with the film’s expert Rembrandt lighting and Bruegelesque imagery, makes Faust a complete cinematic experience never to be forgotten.  The evening’s live score is provided by Cabeza De Vaca Arkestra, an all-star L.A. ensemble featuring Nora Keyes, and members of Dios Malos.

Dir. F.W. Murnau, 1926, 35mm, 106 min.