A new restoration reveals an exceptional, beautifully photographed film, featuring the best actors and screenwriters of the time, such as film star Pola Negri. A comical costume drama set in Spain in 1625, it tells of the adventures of Maritana, a Spanish gypsy singer, who is in love with the penniless nobleman and bon vivant Don César de Bazan. The lovers become involved in a court intrigue with the intention of driving the Spanish king and his French wife apart. Maritana's charm and shrewdness save the day.
Live accompaniment: Sebastiaan van Delft (organ); Jacob Plooij (violin); Kay Sleking (guitar); Pien Straesser (soprano); Martin de Ruiter (piano, composition and musical direction).
Introduction by EYE collection specialist Elif Rongen Kaynakci.
The Spanish Dancer will also be screened on 8 April as a Cinema Concert in Auditorium 1 where a beautiful cinema organ has been placed. The organ – which comes from the Passagebioscoop (Passage Cinema) in The Hague, where it had been used since 1929 to accompany silent films – will have its première on 6 April during the screening of The Spanish Dancer. Not only is it able to make music but also imitate sounds – of a bird, castanets or a siren – as well as conjure up special sound effects. It's been fully restored to its former glory especially for the EYE.