Film Series : Recently Restored 2016



1925, E.A. Dupont, Germany, 95 min. With Emil Jannings, Lya De Putti.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 24th 3:00pm

"Extraordinarily fluid camerawork and a clever plot...absolutely essential for anyone who cares about silent cinema." — Michael Glover Smith, White City Cinema

Once considered one of the greatest German films of the 1920s, VARIETÉ sank into relative obscurity, available (if at all) only in inferior, truncated versions and tainted by the unevenness of director Dupont's subsequent career. This glorious new digital restoration by the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation and the Austrian Film Archive should do much to correct its reputation, revealing a work of great erotic and visual power. Master of pathos Jannings (THE LAST LAUGH, THE BLUE ANGEL) plays a former trapeze artist now operating a tawdry girlie show. The arrival of a sultry exotic dancer (De Putti) causes him to ditch his family and form a high-wire act with his new lover, but the addition of a lascivious male partner creates a deadly love triangle. The terrific carny atmosphere (likely an influence on Tod Browning's FREAKS) owes much to legendary cinematographer Karl Freund (THE LAST LAUGH, METROPOLIS), whose "unchained camera" literally (and vertiginously) becomes a participant in the trapeze maneuvers. 2K DCP digital restoration from Kino Lorber. (MR)

SEPTEMBER 24: Silent film with live piano accompaniment by Dave Drazin.

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Recently Restored film on any Saturday or relevant Sunday in September or October, and get a ticket for the second Recently Restored film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)