October 26, 2012

The Hands of Orlac Silent Film Showing


There's nothing spookier than watching a silent psychological thriller in an old, historic opera house while a haunting live piano performance echoes through the theatre...

"The Hands of Orlac," a silent film, will be showing on Saturday, Oct. 27th, at 7:30pm at the Bastrop Opera House, located at 811 Spring Street in historic downtown Bastrop. Come in 1920's fashions or your favorite costume. One grand prize will be awarded for the best costume. Highlighting this event will be the onstage spine-tingling piano accompaniment of the film provided by Bastrop's own maestro Bill Owens.

Bill Owens is known for his musical prowess, his support of music in the school districts and his nurturing of young musicians and singers in Bastrop County. Owens has performed with the Opera House plays and movies since 1984.

"You will be thrilled with what Bill brings to this movie and others in our silent movie venture," added Eitze.

"Upstart Bastrop's Colin Guerra and I have been developing the idea of including more film into the Opera House 2012-13 activities," said Opera House Executive Director Chester Eitze. "Movies are part of the playhouse history and while we have shown movies, I wanted to strengthen the relationship with Upstart as we have done with the Bastrop Film Commission", Eitze continued. 


"The Hands of Orlac" is based on a novel by medical-novelist Maurice Renard. It follows the mental disintegration of a concert pianist, played by Conrad Veidt, whose hands are crushed in a train wreck. Daring surgical amputation allows the hands of an executed murderer to be attached to the maimed pianist. Psychoanalysis, sexual innuendo, and Freudian imagery drive the German Expressionism of this terror classic with Veidt's performance hailed as superior Lon Chaney's acting style. Robert Weine directed this film.

Admission is $10 per person and includes popcorn. Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis. A portion of the admission price will support the Opera House Raise the Roof Campaign. Tickets are available online at http://bastropoperahouse.com/tickets.html or may be purchased at the door one hour before show time.

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