Son of the Sheik

Monday, November 2
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1hr 21mins // directed by:George Fitzmaurice // featuring:Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky


The Alloy Orchestra returns to the Coolidge with another thrilling live score! The ensemble previously performed at the sold out 2010 screening of The Complete Metropolis, accompanied Alfred Hitchcock's final silent film, Blackmail in 2012, The Last Command in 2013, and performed along with Lonesome in 2014.

About Son of the Sheik 

Valentino’s last and greatest film, Son of the Sheik is a film of passion, betrayal and redemption. Valentino is often cited as the silver screens greatest lover, and this film demonstrates why this reputation is justly deserved.

Valentino died of a sudden infection just as the film was being released, unleashing an outpouring of love and support for the deceased actor, and insuring that the film would live on in the hearts and minds of the movie going public.

Alloy premiered their new score, along with the new 2k digital restoration of the film by sister company Box 5, at a special event of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival on September 20, 2014.

About Alloy Orchestra

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

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.

Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The San Francisco Silent Film Festival, The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), 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

Terry Donahue – Junk percussion, musical saw, accordion
Ken Winokur – Director, percussion, clarinet
Roger C. Miller – Keyboard