Alloy Orchestra - He Who Gets Slapped

The Alloy Orchestra: He Who Gets Slapped

From the collection of George Eastman House

"The best in the world at accompanying silent films."
- Roger Ebert

The Alloy Orchestra (from left to right): Terry Donahue, Ken Winokur, Roger Miller

ALLOY ORCHESTRA is a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. The members of the group include Terry Donahue (accordion, musical saw, junk, vocals), Ken Winokur (director, junk percussion and clarinet), and Roger Miller (keyboards).

Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and twice at the Indie Memphis Film Festival), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

An unusual combination of found percussion and state-of-the-art electronics gives the Orchestra the ability to create any sound imaginable. Utilizing their famous "rack of junk" and electronic synthesizers, the group generates beautiful music in a spectacular variety of styles. They can conjure up a French symphony or a simple German bar band of the 20's. The group can make the audience think it is being attacked by tigers, contacted by radio signals from Mars or swept up in the Russian Revolution.

Just three weeks before the 16th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is set to open, Indie Memphis is bringing the acclaimed Alloy Orchestra back to Memphis for a one-night-only performance of He Who Gets Slapped, staring Lon Chaney.

This show is made possible thanks to the generous support of Dorothy Kirsch.

When: 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 10

Where: Malco Paradiso

Tickets: $12 each  / $10 for seniors citizens
/ $8 for students with valid ID
/ FREE for Indie Memphis members **

** Membership is free with purchase of an Indie Memphis Film Festival pass at the $50 Tripper Pass level or above. Click here to get yours today and enjoy other free admission opportunities leading up to the festival weekend.


He Who Gets Slapped (1924) 

The latest score by the famed Alloy Orchestra, which premiered at this year's Telluride Film Festival, accompanies a little-known but sensational silent melodrama made in Hollywood by the great Swedish director Victor Sjöstrom (The Wind, The Phantom Chariot). Lon Chaney, the "Man of a Thousand Faces," plays a brilliant scientist who loses both his groundbreaking research and his wife to a dishonest man. Wounded, he joins the circus and becomes a sad clown who wears his heart on his sleeve and suffers repeated humiliation and abuse — to the delight of hundreds of spectators. This piercing, Pagliacci-style fable, shown in a restored version from the George Eastman House, may have inspired Sternberg's The Blue Angel and Bergman's The Naked Night/Sawdust and Tinsel. With Norma Shearer and John Gilbert.