Detroit Film Theatre

Cinetopia Film Festival: The Yellow Ticket

Sunday, June 08, 2014

5:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(Germany/Poland–1918/directed by Victor Janson & Eugen Illés)

A pivotal German/Polish silent film from 1918, The Yellow Ticket tells the story of a young Jewish woman forced to hide her identity in order to attend medical school in St. Petersburg. Lea, as played by Pola Negri, is at a disadvantage as a woman, an orphan, and a Jew – and yet has immense persistence and an insatiable ambition of becoming a doctor. The film includes more than one plot twist, but it's first and foremost a testimony to a spirit impossible to suppress. As a document of its time – its criticism of tsarist Russia's anti-Semitism couldn't be clearer, and it would cause the Nazis to hate Negri in the years to come – The Yellow Ticket is a fascinating and heartbreaking film to watch. With live musical accompaniment by Alicia Svigals, Marilyn Lerner (piano) and Laura DeLuca (clarinet), playing the award-winning original score composed by Alicia Svigals. (approx. 60 min.)
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