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Alloy Orchestra performing 'Phantom of the Opera' at Cinefamily

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April 24, 2013|By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
  • Lon Chaney in "The Phantom of the Opera."
Lon Chaney in "The Phantom of the Opera." (Universal Pictures )

If you think piano or organ is the only choice for the musical accompaniment of silent films, you have a lot to learn — and the Alloy Orchestra is the group to teach you.

This standout ensemble, featuring masters of myriad musical styles and pioneers of alternative silent film music, is a regular at the Telluride Film Festival and the Motion Picture Academy.

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Now you can hear the orchestra perform in two separate Monday shows in the intimate confines of the Cinefamily Theater at 611 Fairfax Ave.

First up at 7:30 p.m. is one of the great classics of the silent horror world, the 1925 Lon Chaney-starring "The Phantom of the Opera." It's a story that's been told many times, but this film's shocking scene of the Phantom's unmasking has never been matched for terror.

Screening at 10 p.m. is 1920's much less-known "From Morn to Midnight," said to be especially rich in German Expressionist imagery. Whatever's on the screen, the Alloy Orchestra makes it even more alive.

For more information, info@cinefamily.org or (323) 655-2510.

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