LE GIORNATE DEL CINEMA MUTO 2005
THE 24th PORDENONE SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
Thursday 1 January 1970
LE GIORNATE DEL CINEMA MUTO 2005
Sacile-Pordenone, October 7-16, 2005
With the generous support of the National Film Center Tokyo, the 24th Giornate del Cinema Muto presents its second major programme of Japanese silent cinema, featuring impressive new restorations by Film Center. The programme is designed particularly to commemorate the 110th Anniversary of the Shochiku Company ? along with Pathé and Gaumont one of the world?s three oldest film enterprises ? and the centenary of the birth of Mikio Naruse. Naruse films to be shown are Nasanu naka (Unrelated; 1932); Yogoto no yume (Every Night?s Dream, 1933), with special accompaniment by Kensaku Tanikawa; Kimi to wakarete (Farewell to You; 1933) and Kagirinaki hodo (Endless Road; 1934). Other directors represented include Yasujiro Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Heinosuke Gosho, Daisuke Ito, Minoru Murata, Shozo Makino, Hiroshi Shimizu and Hotei Nomura. The presentation will also include Azajiro Itoi?s documentary Teitto fukko (Rebirth of the Capital), recording Tokyo?s recovery after the great trauma of the 1923 earthquake.
Thanks to the restorations made in the 1980s/1990s by the Cinémathèque française, eighteen programmes will be devoted to a complete retrospective of the surviving films of André Antoine, along with work by Alberto Capellani, a major influence on his films, and of directors influenced by Antoine - Henri Krauss, Jean Epstein, Julien Duvivier, Léon Poirier, Robert Boudrioz, Jacques Feyder and Georges Denola (represented by a new restoration by the Czech Film Archive of Les Grands). As creator of the Théâtre Libre and the Théâtre Antoine, Antoine (1858-1943) was a major influence on the development of the new theatre of the late 19th and early 20th century. He had virtually withdrawn from active work in the theatre when in 1914 he turned his attention to the film, proclaiming the need for the cinema to break completely with theatrical traditions to develop its potential for realism and naturalism. In his own films his theories were often compromised, as Delluc pointed out, by his preference for melodramatic or literary subjects (Dumas, Hugo, Zola, Bernstein) but he exerted a lasting influence on these younger French directors. Three of the films in the Antoine presentation ? L?Hirondelle et la Mésange, Feyder?s Crainquebille (in a newly restored print by Lobster) and Duvivier?s Au Bonheur des Dames will be accompanied by the Octuor de France, under the direction of Raymond Alessandrini, Antonio Coppola and Gabriel Thibaudeau respectively.
In its 9th year, the Griffith Project arrives at the great works of the director?s maturity: the programme includes Intolerance, presented by Photoplay with Carl Davis?s synchronized soundtrack, and the beautiful colour prints of Hearts of the World and Broken Blossoms from the MoMA collection.
Two works explore the torrid romantic imagination of the novelist Elinor Glyn: a new restoration by the Hungarian Film Archive, Marton Garas? Harom Hét (1917) is the second screen version of Glyn?s scandalous 1907 novel Three Weeks and has the particular fascination of being seen from the point of view of the Central Europe that in Anglo-Saxon versions represents remote exotica. A later Glyn subject, Beyond the Rocks, directed by Sam Wood and starring Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson, is a remarkable rediscovery and restoration by the Nederlands Filmmuseum. While Bologna?s Cinema Ritrovato screened the film in July in the regular silent version, the Giornate will show (to initiate a debate on ways to augment the audience for silent cinema) the version prepared by the Nederlands Filmmuseum for theatrical distribution, with ?stretching? and an elaborate synchronized sound accompaniment.
Greta Garbo?s centenary will be celebrated by two special screenings: Clarence Brown?s Flesh and the Devil (1926) featuring Garbo and John Gilbert and a new documentary by Kevin Brownlow and Christopher Bird.
Das Weib des Pharao (Pharaoh?s Wife, 1922), the most spectacular of Lubitsch?s films, will be presented in the latest restored version with the synchronized original score by Eduard Künneke ? a joint effort by Adoram, Bundesarchiv-Filmarchiv and Filmmuseum München, in collaboration with George Eastman House.
Enthusiasm (1931), in a new version reconstructed by the archivist as well as experimental director Peter Kubelka, will crown the great 2004 Dziga Vertov retrospective.
New restorations include also Victor Seastrom?s The Scarlet Letter (1926), from the UCLA archive, and Raymond Longford?s The Sentimental Bloke (1918), from the Screensound Australia National Film and Sound Archive, with musical accompaniment by Jen Anderson & The Larrikins.
Other special musical presentations include Manhattan Madness, with the original period score reconstructed and arranged for orchestra by John Davis; the Japanese railroad melodrama, Genjiro Saegusa?s Tokkyu sanbakuri (Express 300 Miles), with accompaniment for quartet composed and conducted by Günter Buchwald; and a programme of slapstick comedies featuring two Laurel and Hardy classics. Of these, Liberty will be accompanied by Maud Nelissen and the Sprockets; You?re Darn? Tootin? by a new score commissioned from Neil Brand by the English star comedian Paul Merton. Other shows will as usual be accompanied on the piano by Pordenone?s ?Magnificent Seven? virtuosi.
The undisputed star of the 2004 festival, Diana Serra Cary returns to present a short programme of films starring the major Hollywood child stars of the early 1920s, Jackie Coogan and Baby Peggy Montgomery ? Ms Cary herself. Ms. Cary is also the biographer of her friend and contemporary, in Jackie Coogan: The World?s Boy King (2003).
The Giornate will present its now traditional supplementary events. This year?s Jonathan Dennis Memorial Lecture will be given by Donald Richie, the world authority on Japanese cinema. The Collegium, now in its seventh year, will bring together twelve young students who have proved their enthusiasm for silent cinema. The annual FilmFair brings together publishers, authors, booksellers and movie antiquarians, and offers daily author-presentations of outstanding books of the past year.
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