Sun 10 Apr

Café Elektrik

Cert. tbc

Classics, Special Screenings

87 mins

AUS | 1927 | dir. Gustav Ucicky, with Marlene Dietrich, Willi Forst, Nina Vanna and Fritz Alberti amongst others

Many paths lead into the demi-monde of Café Elektric, but only a few lead out again. It is one of those places where all kinds of shadowy lives converge, as the rich go slumming – and the poor sell their bodies.

Although framed as a moral tale, Gustav Ucicky’s atmospheric film offers an accurate and unsentimental portrayal of the Vienna of the inter-war years. For good reasons, it paved the way for the careers of Marlene Dietrich and Willi Forst, who can both be seen here in their first leading roles.

With live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney

Sun 10 April 4.30pm
 
In partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum

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