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The Yellow Ticket - Houston Premiere
Sponsor National Museum of American Jewish History
Type of Event Arts & Culture
Concert
Film Opening
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Description Photo Credit: Courtesy of Deutsches Filminstitut

The Yellow Ticket - Houston Premiere

Presented by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Houston Cinema Arts Society, and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston

The Yellow Ticket is a live multi-media concert event featuring a new score by violinist Alicia Svigals that reanimates a silent cinema classic. Set in Poland and Tsarist Russia, the 1918 film—starring legendary actress Pola Negri—portrays a woman’s struggle to overcome adversity in a story of secret identities, heroic measures, and triumphant love.

Svigals has crafted a lush composition, which she performs live with jazz piano virtuoso Marilyn Lerner. The work is inspired by klezmer and other Eastern European folk traditions, 20th-century classical composers such as Béla Bartók and Ernest Bloch, and contemporary improvisation.

About the film: Remarkably progressive for its time, The Yellow Ticket (1918) is the first film to explore Jewish discrimination in Tsarist Russia and stars famed Polish actress Pola Negri, Hollywood’s first European silent film star. It tells the story of Lea, a young woman who hides her Jewish heritage to study medicine. Pushed towards prostitution to pay the rent, Lea is saved by a beloved professor with a secret of his own.

Svigals noted, “This wonderful and strange work is a story about Jews, but made by and for non-Jews. I wished to be the missing Jewish artistic collaborator who might bridge this gap by providing authentic sounds drawn from the collective Jewish soul. More than that, I felt my task was to use the soundtrack to clarify the story’s structure, and through the music to arouse in the viewer the profound emotions depicted in the film across a gulf of sensibility and time.”

The Yellow Ticket, directed by Victor Janson and Eugen Illès and filmed partly on location in German-occupied Warsaw during the last year of World War I, was one of Pola Negri’s first films for Germany’s leading studio UFA and was released in the U.S. by Paramount in 1922. The film is based on Abraham Schomer’s 1911 Yiddish melodrama, Afn Yam un ”Ellis Island” (At Sea and Ellis Island) which was subsequently produced on Broadway in 1914 in an un-authorized English-language version written by Michael Morton.

The Yellow Ticket production was commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s New Jewish Culture Network, a league of North American performing arts presenters committed to the creation and touring of innovative projects.

The Yellow Ticket debuted at the Washington Jewish Music Festival, presented by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, through a commission made possible by the Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Fund. The New Jewish Culture Network has received major support from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Sylvia M. Neil, the Milken Family Foundation, and other donors.

The film The Yellow Ticket is used with permission by Bright Shining City Productions.

National outreach partners for The Yellow Ticket tour include the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the Goethe-Institut New York. Among the media sponsors is the Forward.

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Date/Dates November 07 2013
Times 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Street Address 101 S. Independence Mall East Google Map
Location Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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Contact Name egoldsmith
Email(s) egoldsmith@nmajh.org
Phone Number (215) 923-3811
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