One of the most terrifying apparitions of the terror that would come, H.K. Breslauer’s 1924 silent film Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City without Jews), was a satire designed to tackle the growing anti-Semitism of the time. An example of Austrian Expressionist film-making it was based on the wildly popular book of the same name by Hugo Bettauer. “Foreshadowing the rise of fascism in Europe […] it remains of the most prophetic and provocative films of the 20th century.” (Pamela Hutchinson, Barbican)
The film was by chance recently rediscovered and restored. A brand new score from 2017 by Olga Neuwirth is brought to life by Ensemble Klang with an extended line-up of nine instruments, plus electronics and conductor Christian Karlsen.
Ensemble Klang Performances
- 13 Feb 2020, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam
- 20 Feb 2020, Korzo, Den Haag