Sensation Seekers. 1927. USA. Written and directed by Lois Weber, from a story by Ernest Pascal. With Billie Dove, Raymond Bloomer, Huntley Gordon. 70 min.
Once again, MoMA is proud to host Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Orchestra. This time they’re performing a newly arranged jazz score for the world premiere of Universal’s new digital restoration of Sensation Seekers, an important late film by the most celebrated female director of the silent era, Lois Weber. Filming her own original screenplay, Weber relates a classic Jazz Age tale of flaming youth, centered on the scandal-prone Long Island socialite “Egypt” Hagen (Billie Dove) and her redemptive relationship with a sympathetic clergyman (Raymond Bloomer). Frenzied dancing in roadhouse speakeasies alternates with chastely passionate soul-searching, leading to a slam-bang finish aboard a storm-tossed yacht. DCP.