Roger Ebert called the Alloy Orchestra “the best in the world at accompanying silent films,” and that’s just one of the many reasons we love welcoming them back to Traverse City each year. As a special treat for our 10th Anniversary, the incomparable musical stylings of the Alloy Orchestra will accompany one of the great buried treasures of the cinema. Audacious auteur Paul Fejos uses every tool at his disposal in this rapturously rendered silent symphony about two people searching for a connection in the big city over the course of one magically marvelous day. With groundbreaking camerawork, innovative effects (including three sound sequences!), and hand-stenciled color that paints Coney Island in a breathtakingly luminous light, “Lonesome” is without a doubt unlike anything you’ve ever seen and unlike anything you may ever have the chance to experience again. Presented on a beautifully restored print from the George Eastman House.
Preservation funded by the Packard Humanities Institute and Universal Studios.