About The Film
A rediscovered and newly restored silent gem of Austrian cinema, THE CITY WITHOUT JEWS is the eerily prophetic 1920s satire depicting economic and cultural ruin following Vienna's exile of its Jewish population, a fictional dystopia soon to be realized. Based on Jewish writer and journalist Hugo Bettauer's novel, the story is set in the mythic Republic of Utopia, where hordes of unemployed workers protest daily. An oily anti-Semitic chancellor proposes a law to expel and scapegoat all Jews for the impoverished nation's problems. After the Jews depart, Utopia declines further, prompting the government to confront the consequences of its actions. Missing for decades, one of Austria's last surviving Expressionist films was only recently found by chance at a Paris flea market in 2015, then painstakingly restored to its complete, authentic version. This screening will be presented with live musical accompaniment by pianist Geoffrey Haydon and violinist Yooseb Cho, performing an original score by award-winning Atlanta-based film composer Greg Sudmeier.