Talking of festivals, David Bordwell’s blog has a detailed report on this year’s Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, lavishly illustrated with assorted familiar faces from the silent film festival circuit. Not that Bologna is all about silent film – as he says, “Where else can you see films from 1907, Richard Fleischer’s Violent Saturday (1955), and a tribute to Ben Gazzara in a single week?” It’s a marvellous report, enthusiastic, wise and entertaining all at the same time, from what must be the very best of all film blogs.
The Bonner Sommerkino international silent film festival takes places in Bonn, Germany, on 9-19 August. Among the featured titles are Mauritz Stiller’s Erotikon (1920), Joe May’s Das Indische Grabmal (1921), Joseph von Sternberg’s Underworld (1927) and Victor Sjöström’s The Scarlet Letter (1926). Further details, including a PDF programme, all in German, are available from the festival site.