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Violinist and Young Woman Edgar Degas
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Violinist and Young Woman (70.167) — Edgar Degas

ALLOY ORCHESTRA presents THE OVERCOAT

Friday, October 05, 2012


On October 5th, 6th and 7th, Boston’s world renowned Alloy Orchestra – which Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Roger Ebert has called “the best in the world at accompanying silent films” – will pay a return visit to the Detroit Film Theatre.

(Russia/1924—directed by Grigori Kozintzev and Leonid Trauberg)

Boston’s famed Alloy Orchestra returns to the DFT with one of their most extraordinary discoveries in years. Nikolai Gogol’s classic 1842 story The Overcoat (Shinel) is the basis for this extraordinary 1924 film adaptation, which will play at the DFT immediately following its American premiere at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center. The legendary actor Andrei Kotrichkin stars Akaky Akakievich, as an impoverished clerk in St. Petersburg who finds his entire existence suddenly centered around the acquisition of a new overcoat to replace his hopelessly tattered one. Remade many times over the years, this legendary version from co-directors Grigori Kozintzev (best known for his later adaptations of Hamlet and King Lear) and Leonid Trauberg (The New Babylon), long thought to be lost, features an innovative, stylized design scheme and memorable photography. Presented with the Alloy’s new score, a lost classic comes to vibrant life. Standing ovation, 2012 New York Film Festival. (85 min.)

Tonight's performance is free with museum admission.

The DFT’s Crystal Gallery Café will be closed during September and the first two weeks of October due to glass and metalwork restoration of the café’s three monumental windows. Please excuse our dust while we complete this exciting project, the finished work will help to preserve the historic ironwork window frames of Samuel Yellin, and give visitors a beautiful view of the night sky and midtown museum campus along John R. During construction, beverages and light snacks will be continue to served on the ground floor in the central Loggia space near the theater entrance.

Friday, October 5 at 7:30 PM 

 
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