From Slapstick to Searing Drama, the Best Silent Films
The program will feature two films accompanied by those hyperactive Pied Pipers of silent cinema soundscaping, the Alloy Orchestra; two accompanied by the Hop’s resident keyboard-film-accompaniment master Bob Merrill; and one by a score composed by Carlos Dominguez, a student in Dartmouth’s Masters Program in Digital Musics.
The weekend celebrates the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, from Italy, which since its creation in 1982 has established itself as the leading international event dedicated to the preservation, diffusion, and study of the first thirty years of cinema. Every year in October, upwards of 1,000 visitors from across the world, ranging from academics, archivists and critics to private enthusiasts and collectors, gather for a weekly marathon of screenings. At the Hop, Pordenone co-founder Paolo Cherchi Usai—a pioneer in film preservation and currently the Senior Curator of Motion Pictures and Director of the Rochester, NY, George Eastman House’s L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation—will present a curated selection from recent festivals.
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