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LE GIORNATE DEL CINEMA MUTO 2003
THE 22nd PORDENONE-SACILE SILENT FILM FESTIVAL


Thursday 1 January 1970

LE GIORNATE DEL CINEMA MUTO 2003
THE 22nd PORDENONE-SACILE SILENT FILM FESTIVAL

October 11-18, 2003

I - THE PROGRAMME

COOPER & SCHOEDSACK AND FRIENDS (A Retrospective and an Exhibition)
Merian Coldwell Cooper (1893-1973) and Ernest Beaumont Schoedsack (1893-1979) were men who combined a passion for cinema with a thirst for adventure. They first met in Vienna during the First World War, in the course of eventful active service; and their association continued until 1952. They began with "pure" documentaries - Ra-Mu and Grass - and graduated to dramatic films made on location - Chang - climaxing their careers with King Kong, which parodied the role of the expedition filmmaker. The Giornate's presentation curated by Kevin Brownlow will include all the silent films of Cooper and Schoedsack and some titles of other filmmakers who were inspired by them: Richard Carver's The Silent Enemy (1930), Major and Mrs Treatt's Stampede (1928; unfortunately incomplete), Mr and Mrs Martin Johnson's Simba (1928), W.S.Van Dyke's White Shadows of the South Seas (1928), Carl Brown's Stark Love (1926), Willard van de Veer's With Byrd to the South Pole (1930) and Varick Frissell's posthumous The Viking (1931), which records the adventures of the ship on which the young director lost his life. A supporting programme of video documentaries includes Victoria King's White Thunder (1002), a biography of Frissell, along with Serge Viallet's Two Kings and a Kong (2003) and Bernard Dichek's Long Lance (1992).

In a complementary exhibition called - after the motto of Cooper-Schoedsack Productions - Distant, Difficult, and Dangerous: The Life and Films of Merian C. Cooper and curated by James V. D'Arc, artefacts and documents from the Merian C. Cooper Papers, Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections, Brigham Young University, will be displayed.

IVAN ILICH MOZHUKHIN - THE PATHS OF EXILE
Mozhukhin's image as the quintessential, unrepressed romantic hero brought him to dominate the pre-revolutionary Russian cinema and to ensure for it a rich foreign market. As émigré, in France and Germany, he triumphantly renewed his image and career - at least for a while. Behind the flamboyant screen image was an artist of high intelligence, taste and critical detachment. He scripted some of his own best films, and proved himself an able - and in the case of Le Brasier Ardent, highly innovative - director. The films to be shown include, from the Russian period, Protazanov's adaptations of Pushkin's The Queen of Spades and Tolstoy's Father Sergius, in which Mozhukhin's performances rank among the greatest in all silent cinema. There is also a surprising different aspect of the young Mozhukhin in a peasant role in the 1912 production The Brigand Brothers. Films from the French period will include the astonishing Le Brasier Ardent. Mozhukhin's performance in the great 1922 serial La Maison de Mystère made an intense impression on audiences who saw it at last year's Cinema Ritrovato, in Bologna. To complement these memorable shows the Giornate will give audiences the opportunity to see the feature version that was adapted subsequently to the original serial release.

THE GRIFFITH PROJECT 7 - 1913
The Griffith Project enters its seventh year, covering the Master's production in the year 1913. The number of titles is fewer than in previous years - films were now becoming longer, and taking more time in production. Thirty-one films will be screened in twelve programmes, including the classic titles The Battle of Elderbush Gulch and the feature-length Judith of Bethulia. As a special bonus we shall be showing five minutes of out-takes from the production of Judith. SAVING THE SILENTS, 3 It is the third year of a series begun in 2001 to celebrate the massive project funded by the U.S. government and outside supporters to save pioneering American films from the first four decades of the motion picture. Through this effort organized by the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF), George Eastman House, the Museum of Modern Art, the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and Library of Congress have created preservation masters and pristine exhibition prints of shorts, serials and features made in America before 1929. The four-programme selection includes Ernst Lubitsch's The Marriage Circle and the 1916 Fairbanks vehicle American Aristocracy, along with intriguing unknown films - Noel Mason Smith's Clash of the Wolves (1925), James P.Hogan's My Lady's Lips (1925) and the 1912 Edison production, Oscar Apfel's Thirty Days at Hard Labor.

EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON: SILENT FILMS FROM THAILAND<
In collaboration with the National Film Archive of Thailand and Ray Edmonson, founding President of SEAPAVAA from 1996 to 2002, the Giornate will offer a rare glimpse of Thailand at the end of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. This series is presented under the auspices of UNESCO's "Memory of the World"program.

SPECIAL MUSICAL PRESENTATIONS On Saturday Oct. 11, the festival will open with Jacques Feyder's exquisite Visages d'enfants (1923-25). The new score composed by Antonio Coppola will be performed by l'Octuor de France. On Sunday Oct. 12, Cooper and Schoedsack's Chang (1927) will be presented with a special musical accompaniment based on the original Hugo Riesenfeld cue-sheets orchestrated by Phil Carli for an ensemble of six musicians. On Wednesday Oct. 15, Victor Schertzinger's 1929 Redskin, originally shown with a Movietone synchronised score, will be accompanied by the Native American musicians Brad Kahlhamer and Laura Ortman (the event is organized in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian). The closing show, on Saturday Oct. 18, will be Napoli che canta / The Song of Naples directed in 1926 by Roberto Leone Roberti, father of the late Sergio Leone. With her unique soprano voice, Italian singer Giuni Russo will perform all the songs mentioned in the film.

ALSO FEATURING? MITCHELL AND KENYON, a further selection. As bright and crisp as if they were shot yesterday, these films offer an unparalleled view into the life and pleasures of a remote provincial society, one hundred years ago. "TAKING TO THE AIR": a celebration of the centenary of powered flight, with much unknown documentary material, presented by Stephen Herbert and Luke McKernan. ANGST. Last year's Giornate showed The Alley Cat, the first film restored by the Hans Steinhoff project, set up with the intention of rediscovering a film maker of considerable talent whose career has been virtually expunged on account of his later discreditable association with Nazi propaganda film making. The newest rediscovery, Angst (1928), based on a story by Stefan Zweig, is an even more striking demonstration of Steinhoff's brightly commercial talent. THE MANAKI BROTHERS. A tribute to the brothers who established film-making in the Balkan region. GRESNICA BEZ GREHA (Jugoslavia, 1928) and VIHAR UTÁN (Hungary, 1918, director Pál Sugar) - a double bill of rediscoveries and restorations from central Europe. JERRY THE TROUBLESOME TYKE. A notable phenomenon at the 2002 Giornate was the rediscovery of Jerry the Troublesome Tyke, an animated character of vivid personality, created by an inspired Welsh cinema projectionist Sid Griffiths, and subsequently successfully exploited by the Pathé company. Astonishingly, this enchanting character seems entirely to have eluded the historians of documentary, until a collection of his adventures was rediscovered and restored by the Welsh Film Archive. We are proud to be able to present ten further adventures of Jerry at the 2003 Giornate.

II - SUPPLEMENTARY EVENTS

In 2003 the Giornate del Cinema Muto initiates a new project, MASTER CLASSES IN MUSIC FOR SILENT FILMS, with the object of assisting the formation of musicians specialising in music for silents. The project will take the form of a series of master classes conducted in the course of the Giornate del Cinema Muto by the Giornate's resident pianists, who represent the world's most respected practitioners of the very particular art of film accompaniment. Students who show appropriate skills will be invited to perform at a number of special shows in the last days of the Giornate.

The second JONATHAN DENNIS MEMORIAL LECTURE will be held by the legendary figure in the world of film animation, Richard Williams, Oscar-winner in 1973 for A Christmas Carol (Best Animated Short) and in 1989 for his ground-breaking animation work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

The other and by now traditional supplementary events are the FILM FAIR, now in its 8th year, which will as usual bring together book-sellers, publishers, collectors and dealers in film memorabilia from both sides of the Atlantic, and the Giornate's COLLEGIUM, which has proved successful in helping young people to discover and explore new, independent paths and means of film study. Each year 12 young people who can convincingly demonstrate their curiosity about silent cinema and their qualifications, are invited to Sacile to attend as many of the screenigs as possible as well as daily meetings with scholars, specialists and other personalities attending the Giornate.

SAFEGUARDING THE FILM HERITAGE: PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS THROUGH COLLABORATION:
13th October: Round table taking place with the support of The European Coordination of Film Festivals that encourages the exchange of ideas and information at conferences and thematic roundtables.

SHORT VERSION:

LE GIORNATE DEL CINEMA MUTO 2003
THE 22nd PORDENONE-SACILE SILENT FILM FESTIVAL


October 11-18, 2003

I - THE PROGRAMME

COOPER & SCHOEDSACK AND FRIENDS (A Retrospective and an Exhibition) Films selected by Kevin Brownlow including all the silent films of Merian Coldwell Cooper (1893-1973) and Ernest Beaumont Schoedsack (1893-1979): Ra-mu, Grass, Chang, The Four Feathers, Rango and some titles of other filmmakers who were inspired by them.

In a complementary exhibition called (after the Motto of Cooper-Schoedsack Productions) Distant, Difficult, and Dangerous: The Life and Films of Merian C. Cooper and curated by James V. D'Arc, artefacts and documents from the Merian C. Cooper Papers, Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections, Brigham Young University, will be displayed.

IVAN ILICH MOZHUKHIN - THE PATHS OF EXILE
An extended tribute to the career and talent of Ivan Ilyich Mozhukhin (1889-1939), one of the undoubted superstars of silent cinema.

THE GRIFFITH PROJECT 7 - 1913
The Griffith Project enters its seventh year, covering the Master's production in the year 1913, and his final move from Biograph to supervise film productions for the theatrical management of Klaw and Erlanger.

SAVING THE SILENTS, 3
This year's selection from the "Saving the Silents" project organized by the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) and involving the US major archives includes restorations of Ernst Lubitsch's The Marriage Circle and the 1916 Fairbanks vehicle, American Aristocracy.

EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON: SILENT FILMS FROM THAILAND In collaboration with the National Film Archive of Thailand and Ray Edmonson, founding President of SEAPAVAA from 1996 to 2002, the Giornate will offer a rare glimpse of Thailand at the end of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century, through hitherto unknown films.

SPECIAL MUSICAL PRESENTATIONS
Opening show (Saturday Oct. 11): Jacques Feyder's Visages d'enfants (1923-25). New score by Antonio Coppola played by the Octuor de France. Sunday Oct. 12: Cooper and Schoedsack's Chang (1927). Special musical accompaniment based on the original Hugo Riesenfeld cue-sheets orchestrated by Phil Carli for an ensemble of six musicians. Wednesday Oct. 15: Victor Schertzinger's 1929 Redskin. Accompaniment by the Native American musicians Brad Kahlhamer and Laura Ortman (event organized in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian). Closing show (Saturday Oct. 18): Napoli che canta / The Song of Naples directed in 1926 by Roberto Leone Roberti, father of the late Sergio Leone. Italian singer Giuni Russo's unique soprano voice will be the ideal accompaniment.

ALSO FEATURING? MITCHELL AND KENYON,
a further selection Hans Steinhoff 's ANGST THE MANAKI BROTHERS, a tribute to the brothers who established film-making in the Balkan region JERRY THE TROUBLESOME TYKE, the animated character created by Sid Griffiths.

II - SUPPLEMENTARY EVENTS

MASTER CLASSES IN MUSIC FOR SILENT FILMS
The 2nd JONATHAN DENNIS MEMORIAL LECTURE: Richard Williams The 8th FILM FAIR The 5th COLLEGIUM SACILENSIS.


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