Exhibition Opening plus Film Premiere
Sunday, September 22Event type:Exhibitions, Films & Filmmakers
6:00 pm Exhibition Opening Reception -- Now Showing: "Pop" Lubin's Silent Film Empire
7:00 pm Film Screening -- Philadelphia Premiere of Breaking Home Ties
Breaking Home Ties (USA, 1922, 78 min.) comes home to Philadelphia and onto the big screen nine decades after its initial release. Believed lost, the world’s only existing print of this rare silent film was discovered and restored by The National Center for Jewish Film.
This 1922 family melodrama produced by Philadelphia's own Betzwood Motion Picture Studio, tells the story of Jewish immigrants who flee pre-revolutionary Russia for a new life in America. It was the last film shot at Betzwood, and sought to counter the pervasive negative stereotyping of Jews and escalating anti-Semitism in America in the 1920s by presenting everyday Jewish immigrant life in a sympathetic light.
This screening event includes an original score featuring music composed and arranged by Donald Sosin. Discussion with Donald Sosin and Dr. Joseph P. Eckhardt, Professor Emeritus of History of Montgomery County Community College, in conversation with Lisa Rivo, Co-Director of The National Center for Jewish Film.
Music performed by Joseph Morag, violin, and Donald Sosin, piano.
Fun fact: The film was directed by two Central High School graduates, Frank N. Seltzer and George K. Rowlands. For an in-depth analysis of the film, read Joseph P. Eckhardt’s essay here (spoiler alert).
All program tickets include exclusive access to the opening reception for the Museum’s special exhibition, Now Showing: “Pop” Lubin’s Silent Film Empire, about motion picture pioneer Siegmund Lubin, the German Jewish immigrant who founded Philadelphia’s Betzwood Motion Picture Studio – the greatest movie studio of the day.
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Film restoration and new English subtitles by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org.