Directed by Ewald André Dupont
Lya de Putti
Former trapeze artist “Boss” Huller leaves his wife and child to go to Berlin with the younger, seductive Berta-Marie. They become the lead attraction at Berlin’s famed Wintergarten, where they perform as a trio with trapezist Artinelli. That is, until Huller realises that Berta-Marie is cheating on him with their fellow acrobat ... As a journalist for Germany’s first tabloid newspaper, the “BZ”, Dupont introduced the “variety shows and film” column in 1915 and his film is a celebration of the best of both. He steers the blatant curiosity that dancer Berta-Marie provokes towards artificiality. In Varieté, Karl Freund’s “unleashed” camera also executes daring feats of flying acrobatics. The digital restoration was undertaken by the foundation Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Stiftung, working with the Filmarchiv Austria, using nitrate prints from both the US Library of Congress and the Filmarchiv Austria. Now available in a newly-restored 2K DCP version! Music by The Tiger Lillies.
"At last, an expressionist silent classic that takes full advantage of cinematic principles. The legendary E.A. Dupont goes in for subjective-emotional effects of which Hitchcock would approve, and cameraman Karl Freund and effects wizard Eugen Schüfftan pull off spectacular visuals and special effects. No wonder this was a huge hit in America, it’s way ahead of its time (and ours, in some ways)."
|Film Scene||Iowa City||IA||1540612800October 27, 2018|
|AFI Silver Theatre||Silver Spring||MD||1509681600November 3, 2017|
|Cinefamily||Los Angeles||CA||1502510400August 12, 2017|
|Maryland Film Festival||Baltimore||MD||1494129600May 7, 2017|
|Ebertfest||Champaign||IL||1492747200April 21, 2017|
|Film Society of Lincoln Center||New York||NY||1491537600April 7, 2017|
|Cleveland Cinematheque||Cleveland||OH||1487221200February 16 - February 19, 2017|
|Film Forum||New York||NY||1484629200January 17, 2017|
|Film Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||PA||1479531600November 19, 2016|
|Cornell Cinema||Ithaca||NY||1478232000November 4, 2016|
|Film Streams||Omaha||NE||1475985600October 9, 2016|
|Mary Riepma Ross Film Theatre||Lincoln||NE||1475812800October 7, 2016|
|University of Chicago||Chicago||IL||1475380800October 2, 2016|
|Indiana University/Black Film Center||Bloomington||IN||1475208000September 30, 2016|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1474689600September 24, 2016|
|Detroit Institute of Arts||Detroit||MI||1474603200September 23, 2016|
|Martha's Vineyard Film Society||Vineyard Haven||MA||1466654400June 23, 2016|
|Coolidge Corner Theatre||Brookline||MA||1462161600May 2, 2016|
|TIFF Bell Lightbox||Toronto||ON||1461211200April 21, 2016|
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