The members of the renowned Alloy Orchestra return to Los Angeles for one performance only, presenting their widely acclaimed score for “Underworld” (1927).
The Alloy Orchestra brought its unique energy and dynamic sound quality to this stylistic precursor of the 1930s gangster film, with allusions to real-world Chicago mobsters. In the first year of the Academy Awards®, “Underworld” won for Ben Hecht’s original story. This film also helped cement the reputation of a visually inventive, up-and-coming director named Josef von Sternberg.
Now in its 19th year, the Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble that performs fresh and innovative musical scores to important and sometimes forgotten masterpieces as well as widely seen classics of the silent era. Their performances combine modern, traditional and invented instruments; alongside electronic synthesizers they might feature accordions and percussion from a “rack of junk,” which includes outrageous objects such as musical saws and toilet seats.
Cast George Bancroft, Clive Brook, Evelyn Brent, Larry Semon, Fred Kohler, Helen Lynch, Jerry Mandy, Karl Morse. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Presented by Adolph Zukor, Jesse L. Lasky. Screenplay Robert N. Lee. Adaptation Charles Furthman. Story Ben Hecht. Titles George Marion Jr. Cinematography Bert Glennon. Film Editing E. Lloyd Sheldon. Set Design Hans Dreier. Paramount Famous Lasky Corp; A Hector Turnbull Production. Paramount Pictures. 1927. 35mm. 80 mins. Print courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
- Friday, June 19, at 8 p.m.
- Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211