The Ancient Law.Publisher number: 6324851 | KanopyPublisher: Flicker Alley, 1923Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019Description: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (135 minutes): digital, .flv file, soundContent type:
- two-dimensional moving image
- online resource
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Ernst Deutsch, Henny Porten, Hermann Vallentin, Robert Garrison, Ruth Weyher
Originally produced by Flicker Alley in 1923.
An important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history, contrasting the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860's Vienna. With its historically authentic set design and ensemble of prominent actors, THE ANCIENT LAW is an outstanding example of the creativity of Jewish filmmakers in 1920s Germany. In the film, Baruch (Ernst Deutsch), the son of a rabbi, becomes fascinated by the theater. Against his father's wishes, Baruch leaves home and finds his way to Vienna, where an archduchess at the imperial court (Henny Porten) falls in love with him. She becomes his patroness, facilitating his successful career as a classical actor. But Baruch continues to long for home, and must find a way to reconcile his religious heritage with his love of secular literature. The movie paints a complex portrait of the tension between tradition and modernity.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.