Die Stadt ohne Juden

Die Stadt ohne Juden

© Filmarchiv Austria

Reading & Film with Live Music

Stadt ohne Juden

Silent film with live music by Olga Neuwirth, performed by Ensemble PHACE

A unique document with a unique story: The silent film “The City without Jews” provokes deep reflection, about historical time, the blindness of contemporaneity, about our present and future itself.

“Today’s right-wing demagogues show how language and rhetoric can be used to whip up hatred. This film got there before them. Hopefully it can help us think about where we’re going wrong.”
Olga Neuwirth

A unique document with a unique story. The silent film "The City without Jews" provokes a deep reflection about historical time, the blindness of contemporaneity, about our present and future itself. "The City without Jews" is based on the homonymous “Novel of the Day After Tomorrow” by Jewish writer, journalist Hugo Bettauer (1872 – 1925) and was shot in 1924 in Vienna. Irritatingly prophetic, it shows – only 15 years before Kristallnacht – the escalating anti-Semitism of its time and the impoverishment of a city after the expulsion of the Jewish population. The work was preserved only in a fragmentary version, until it was rediscovered in 2015 at a Parisian flea market. On the occasion of the release of the newly restored version, the Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth (*1968) has written a new film score, performed live by the Viennese Ensemble Phace.

Concert Programme

Reading
Hugo Bettauer
Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City without Jews)
A novel from the day after tomorrow (1922)

Film
Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City without Jews)
Silent film based on a novel by Hugo Bettauer (AUT 1924)
Hans Karl Breslauer direction
Olga Neuwirth music (2017)

Cast

Josef Bierbichler, Samuel Finzi speaker (reading)
Ensemble PHACE
Alfred Reiter sound direction
Nacho de Paz conductor

A production by PHACE, Wiener Konzerthaus, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Ensemble intercontemporain, Barbican Centre, Sinfonieorchester Basel and ZDF/ARTE in cooperation with Wien Modern and Filmarchiv Austria

With the support of Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin