Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, September 23, 2011 – Sunday, September 25, 2011

 Detroit Film Theatre


(UK/1929—directed by Alfred Hitchcock) 

The sound version of Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail has been widely shown; far more rare is this simultaneously-shot (and subtly different) silent version, which may well be Hitch’s greatest achievement of the silent era. The gripping story of a young British woman and her detective boyfriend begins conventionally, but quickly – and horifyingly – spirals into an unpredictable tale of terror and suspense, accentuated brilliantly by the Alloy Orchestra’s intense and powerful score. Presented in a 35mm print, newly restored by the British Film Institute. Admission free tonight to DIA members or with paid museum admission! (83 min.)

Friday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.



For the first time, The Alloy Orchestra presents a terrific new program of family-friendly silent short films, perfect for introducing younger (and older) audiences to the excitement of the Alloy’s acclaimed live musical performances. Among the selections is Buster Keaton’s comedy classic One Week (1920), as well as some delightful, Alloy-selected surprises. (Total program approx. 65 min.) All seats just $5!

Saturday, September 24 at 3:00 p.m.



In this fascinating new compilation, the Alloy Orchestra has scored a dozen extraordinary and rarely-seen silent short films, which veer between the absolutely charming and the utterly outrageous. Selections include Those Awful Hats, The Thieving Hand, The Life and Death of a Hollywood Extra, Cameraman’s Revenge, Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend, Artheme Swallows His Clarinet, Princess Nicotine and more. It’s a can’t-miss program and an Alloy Orchestra premiere! Tickets $10, $8 for seniors, students and DIA members. (approx. 80 min.)

Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m.



Saving the most jaw-dropping for last, the Alloy Orchestra presents the premiere of From Morning to Midnight (1920), a recently rediscovered, visually audacious German expressionist masterwork by Karlheinz Martin, about a mild-mannered cashier who awakens to the power of the money he is surrounded by. Featuring sets and imagery even more radically stylized and avant-garde as the 1919 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, From Morning to Midnight is based on a controversial, stylistically experimental stage play of the era – one that divided audiences and critics. Seen today, the originality and daring of the film’s overall conception elevates it to the pantheon of the cinema’s most prominent and important “lost” works. Tickets $10, $8 for seniors, students and DIA members. (73 min.)

Sunday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m.

"The Alloy Orchestra is the best in the world at accompanying silent films."  —Roger Ebert