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FILM SCREENINGS

<i>Il Fuoco</i>. 1916. Italy. Directed by Giovanni Pastrone (under the artistic name of Luigi Fosco). Courtesy of National Cinema Museum, Turin
  • The Fire

    1915. Italy. Giovanni Pastrone (under the pseudonym Piero Fosco). Approx. 51 min.

  • Sleeping Beauty

    1908. France. Albert Capellani, Lucien Nonguet. Approx. 15 min.

  • Music, Forward!

    1907. France. Segundo de Chomón. Approx. 3 min.

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Introduced by Alberto Barbera

Saturday, November 3, 2012, 7:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • The Fire

    1915. Italy. Written and directed by Giovanni Pastrone (under the pseudonym Piero Fosco). Cinematography by Segundo de Chomón. With Pina Menichelli, Febo Mari. Forming a diptych with Tigre Reale (screening on Saturday, November 3, 5:00), Il Fuoco stars pioneering Turin-based filmmaker Giovanni Pastrone’s wife, the electrifying Pina Menichelli, as a sensuous femme fatale. “When writing a poem inspired by the sunset, [Menichelli] spies a young painter who seems to come close to capturing (with her help) the right tinge of red, and proceeds to seduce him. She is a practiced predator. Her owl headgear, clenched teeth, and parted lips reveal an animal instinct to hunt but not to devour her prey. Rather, her pleasure is to pounce on her little field mouse of a painter, toy with him, and then toss him away. After she orchestrates his creation of a masterpiece with her as its subject—a daring and kitsch nude portrait modeled on Cabanel's The Birth of Venus—she will have no further use for him" (Linda Williams, Pordenone Silent Film Festival catalogue, 2010). Preserved by the National Museum of Cinema, Turin. Silent, with piano accompaniment by Philip Carli. Italian intertitles; simultaneous English translation. Approx. 51 min.

  • Sleeping Beauty

    1908. France. Directed by Albert Capellani, Lucien Nonguet. Cinematography by Segundo de Chomón. A delicately stencil-colored rendition of the Charles Perrault fairy tale, ambitious in its lavish sets and effects. Preserved by the National Museum of Cinema, Turin. Approx. 15 min.

  • Music, Forward!

    1907. France. Directed by Segundo de Chomón. With Julienne Mathieu. A master of magical effects, Segundo de Chomón animates music notes using people’s tiny heads and dancing bodies. Preserved by the National Museum of Cinema, Turin. Approx. 3 min.