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The silver screen returns to STG

Sunrise plays January 13 at STG
Sunrise plays January 13 at STG
Photo courtesy of STG

Seattle Theatre Group brings it's latest round up of silent movie classics beginning Monday, January 13. "Adored & Restored" is another wonderful opportunity to discover and enjoy highlights from the golden days of Hollywood, with the unique compliment of both a live audience and the "Mighty Wurlitzer Organ."

The first film in the series is "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" (1927), starring Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien. The director F.W. Murnau, a leading figure in German expressionism, was also known for directing Nosferatu. The film is adapted by Carl Mayer from the short story, "Die Reise nach Tilsit" (A Trip to Tilsit) by Hermann Sudermann.

The film tells the story of a married farmer who falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city. The woman then tries to convince him to drown his wife. This masterpiece is full of cinematic innovations and groundbreaking cinematography, and won Academy Awards for Janet Gaynor and the category of Unique and Artistic Production for the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929. Sixty years later, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress, which includes films that are "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

The film is a special pick by Paramount’s house organist, Jim Riggs. Tickets include a CineClub discussion led by Seattle film critic Robert Horton.

The second film in the series, playing Monday, January 27, is "Pandora's Box" (1929), directed by Austrian filmmaker G.W. Pabst and starring Louise Brooks, is a German dramatic silent based on Frank Wedekind's "Lulu" plays. Pabst searched for months for an actress to play Lulu and hired her as the only American and the featured star of the film. Brooks' portrayal of a seductive, thoughtless young woman, whose raw sexuality and uninhibited nature bring ruin to herself and those who love her, although initially unappreciated, eventually made the actress a star.

It's a special pick by the Seattle International Film Festival and their Women in Cinema Festival, and theCineClub discussion is led by Beth Barrett, SIFF's Director of Programming.

Read more about the final two films in the series, "Peter Pan" and "The General" at STG's website.

All programs begin at 7pm, with doors opening at 6pm.

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