THE YELLOW TICKET
Dir. Victor Janson and Eugen Illès (63min, USA, 1918)
We’re thrilled to bring back The Yellow Ticket, complete with a live score by Alicia Svigals, which debuted at the DCJCC’s 2012 Washington Jewish Music Festival through a commission made possible by the Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Fund and the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s New Jewish Culture Network.
The New Jewish Culture Network has received major support from the Howard and Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation. Additional support is provided by Sylvia M. Neil, the Milken Family Foundation, and other donors.
Hollywood’s first European superstar Pola Negri was cast in an early social drama, The Yellow Ticket, a tale of a woman who must pose as a prostitute and conceal her Jewish background to pursue an education. Shot partly in occupied Warsaw at the end of the First World War, it was produced by the German UFA studio and released by Paramount. Footage includes rare views of Nalewki, Warsaw’s bustling Jewish district later destroyed by the Nazis.
Produced by the National Gallery of Art.