The Other Weimar

Sacile Film Fair

Too hot to think, let alone write much at the moment, but here’s some further news about the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

The main film season is to be The Other Weimar (L’altra Weimer), a season of less familiar German silents, curated by Hans-Michael Bock of CineGraph, Hamburg. This is the line-up of directors and titles (a provisional list):

Ludwig Berger (1892-1969)
EIN GLAS WASSER (1922/23) or EIN WALZERTRAUM (1925)

Hans Behrendt (1889-?1942)
DIE HOSE (1927)

Ewald Andre Dupont (1881-1956)
DER DEMÜTIGE UND DIE TÄNZERIN (1925)
DAS ALTE GESETZ (1923)

Richard Eichberg (1888-1963)
DER FÜRST VON PAPPEHEIM (1927)
RUTSCHBAHN. SCHICKSALSKAMPFE EINES SECHZEHNJÄHRIGEN (1928)

Henrik Galeen (1888-1949)
DER MÄDCHENHIRT (1919)

Gerhard Lamprecht (1897-1974)
DIE BUDDENBROOKS (1923)

Max Mack (1884-1973)
DER KAMPF DER TERTIA (1928)

Joe May (1880-1954)
DER FARMER AUS TEXAS (1925)

Richard Oswald (1880-1963)
LUMPEN UND SEIDE (1925)

Harry Piel (1892-1963)
RIVALEN (1923)

Arthur Robison (1883-1935)
LOOPING THE LOOP (1928)

Reinhold Schünzel (1888-1954)
DER HIMMEL AUF ERDEN (1927)

Hams Steinhoff (1882-1945)
DER HERR DES TODES (1926)

Erich Waschneck (1887-1970)
DIE CARMEN VON S.PAULI (1928)

A little better-known is the closing gala film on 13 October, G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box (Die Büchse der Pandora). The other special event films over the week are Orphans of the Storm (David W. Griffith, 1921), Entr’acte (René Clair, 1924), Paris qui dort (René Clair, 1923-1925) and Chicago (Frank Urson, 1927). Other strands in the festival include René Clair, the Griffith Project, Sponsored Films, The Corrick Collections, The Bible Lands in 1897, Jean Darling and Our Gang, and the National Film Preservation Foundation’s Treasures III.

Just to recap, the festival takes places in Pordenone, after some years spent at nearby Sacile, and runs 6-13 October. An outline programme is available on the festival site. Regular attendees should by now have received their e-mail giving registrations details (30 euros), plus travel and accommodation information. More information on registration etc is available from the site. The Film Fair, selling books, journals, collectables, DVDs and videos, is back once more in the church of San Francesco. The picture above, from the Pordenone site, shows Fay Wray visiting the Film Fair in 1999 (when it was at Sacile). Festival director David Robinson stands just behind her.

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