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The Yellow Ticket - Philadelphia Premiere

Thursday, May 9 at 8:00 pm

At The Gershman Y
Broad & Pine Streets, Philadelphia

$18/$15 NMAJH Members
$10 for full-time students with ID
Advance registration strongly encouraged

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Presented in collaboration with the Gershman Y's Philadelphia Jewish Music Festival

NMAJH is proud to be a part of an exclusive five city North American tour of The Yellow Ticket - a live, multimedia concert event featuring the eponymous 1918 Pola Negri silent film with an original score by Alicia Svigals, one of the world's foremost klezmer fiddlers.

The score is the newest commission from the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s New Jewish Culture Network, and marks the first feature-length film composition by Svigals, who will perform the score live with virtuoso pianist Marilyn Lerner at each of the screenings of this cinema classic. 

A talk-back with Svigals and Lerner immediately follows the screening. 

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.

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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North American Tour 2013
New York - January 10
Vancouver - February 17
Miami - March 3
Boston - April 29
Philadelphia - May 9
Houston - November 7

Event type:Concerts & Performances, Films & Filmmakers, NMAJH in the Community