Screening of Rudolph Valentino in The Son of the Sheik, with LIVE musical accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra

Sun, Feb 14 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton

THE SON OF THE SHEIK with live accompaniment performed by the ALLOY ORCHESTRA
1926, US – Directed by George Fitzmaurice, 81 minutes
Staring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky
Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

This year celebrate Valentine’s Day with RUDOLPH VALENTINO, the first and greatest lover of the silver screen. The Northampton Arts Council invites you to a special silent film presentation of THE SON OF THE SHEIK starring Valentino with live accompaniment by the world famous ALLOY ORCHESTRA on Sunday, February 14th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton.

THE SON OF THE SHEIK is a classic 1926 silent film starring Rudolph Valentino and Vilma Banky. The ALLOY ORCHESTRA, “The best in the world at accompanying silent films.” (Roger Ebert), will play their newly composed score to the recently released 2K digital restoration of the film. THE SON OF THE SHEIK is Rudolph Valentino’s last and greatest film. It is a film of passion, betrayal and redemption. Valentino is often cited as the silver screens' greatest lover, and this film demonstrates why his reputation is so justly deserved. Valentino died of a sudden infection just as the film was being released, unleashing an outpouring of love and support for the deceased actor, and insuring that the film would live on in the hearts and minds of the movie-going public.

After the show at 4:00 PM, the public is welcome to sit in on a master class for Five College film and music students. The Alloy Orchestra will re-screen excerpts from Son of the Sheik and outline their compositional process, as well as the process of creating a digital restoration of the film. Five College students will have an opportunity to discuss this extraordinary undertaking with the group. The master class is co-sponsored by the Five College Film Council and the Smith College Film Studies and Music programs. While the event is free and open to the public, priority seating will be given to Five College students.

ALLOY ORCHESTRA is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. The effect of their live performance is mesmerizing. Don’t miss out---the Orchestra doesn’t visit Western Mass often!

Directions and parking info: 
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Ticket info: 
ADVANCE: $15 Adults, $12 Seniors 65+/Veterans, $10 Children 12 & under; DAY AT DOOR: $17 Adults, $14 Senior 65+/Veterans, $12 Children 12 & under