Classic Silent Film “Metropolis” Accompanied by Alloy Orchestra

The Sound of Silents!

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8 p.m.

A work of visionary genius, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis remains—90 years after its debut— one of the most remarkable films of all time. Using groundbreaking special effects, Metropolis imagines a bleak future in which the working class is enslaved not only by a powerful ruling class but by technology itself. Experience this pioneering piece of cinematic history as it was meant to be seen. Performing from Lincoln Center to the Louvre, Alloy Orchestra, a three-man musical ensemble, utilizes an unexpected assemblage of objects to create musical accompaniment to classic silent films. With a combination of “found” percussion (some call it “a rack of junk”!) and state-of-the-art electronics, Alloy Orchestra can conjure up a Weimar-era German band or make the audience imagine it’s being swept up in a populist uprising in Czarist Russia. Don’t miss this opportunity to “hear” silent film as you never have before!

Come early for a pre-show talk by Alessandra Raengo at 7 p.m.

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“The best in the world at accompanying silent films.”
Roger Ebert