Pordenone Silent Film Festival (aka October 2017 in Films)

You’re gonna look at this list after the cut and go “girl you watched how man movies???” and I’ll be like “so many movies!” Mostly silent movies because it’s that time of year:Pordenone Silent Film Festival! This year I watched a little over 200 films at Pordenone Silent counting films I’d seen before (with exactly 200 of them were new-to-me!). I also peppered in a few highly anticipated 2017 releases and a few more silents on FilmStruck (because they’re addicting!) As always, you can see all the films I saw in October, plus a breakdown of years (spoiler alert: about a third of them were from the 1910s!), after the cut.

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  1. Three Days To Live (1924)
  2. Calino veut être cow-boy
  3. Pendaison à Jefferson City
  4. La prairie en feu
  5. Cent dollars mor ou vif
  6. Le revolver matrimonial
  7. The Scapegrace
  8. La Baronne Raymonde de LaRoche, aviatrice
  9. L’aviatrice mademoiselle Marvingt, décolle de mourmelon
  10. Madame Hélène Dutrieu, aviatrice vers 1915
  11. La vie aérienne sur l’aérodrome d’Orly, mademoiselle Adrienne Bolland a battu son
  12. propre record en exécutant 212 fois le looping
  13. L’autre aile
  14. The World And The Women (1916)
  15. Synnöve Solbakken (A Norway Lass) (1919)
  16. How Bridget Served The Salad Undressed
  17. How Bridget Made The Fire
  18. The Finish of Bridget McKeen
  19. La course à la saucisse
  20. Victoire à ses nerfs
  21. Le rêve des marmitons
  22. Her First Biscuits
  23. Lucky Jim (1909)
  24. Het Onwillige Dienstmeisje (The Reluctant Housemaid)
  25. Le signe de Pétronille
  26. Een Dierenvriend (Animal Lover)
  27. Are Waitresses Safe?
  28. Shima No Musume (The Island Girl)
  29. Call Of The Cuckoo
  30. Don’t Tell Everything
  31. Le contremaître incendaire
  32. L’emigrante (1915)
  33. Fauno
  34. Feeding The Pigeons In St. Mark’s Square
  35. Grand Canal, Venice
  36. Panoramic View of the Vegetable Market, Venice
  37. Neapolitan Dance At The Ancient Forum of Pompeii
  38. Panoramic View of the Frere Camp Taken The Front of an Armored Train
  39. Menai Bridge: The Irish Daily Mail From Euston Entering The Tubular Bridge
  40. Warships At Sunset
  41. Amann The Great Impersonator
  42. Prestwych Platform Scene
  43. Fat Ox 1897. Car of the ‘She-Cats’ – The Hats
  44. Vienna Street Scene
  45. Panorama of Pompeii
  46. Fun On A Clothesline
  47. Kavirondongrene Paa Fisk (Kavirondo Tribe Members Fishing)
  48. Der Gelbe Schein (The Yellow Ticket)
  49. Lesniye Liudi (Forest People)
  50. Tungusi (Tungus)
  51. Le bateau de Léontine
  52. Les ficelle de Léontine
  53. Léontine en apprentissage
  54. Ventilateur breveté
  55. Les malices de Léontine
  56. Amour et musique
  57. Un ravalement précipité
  58. Rosalie et son phonographe
  59. Rosalie et Léontine vont au théâtre
  60. Rosalie emménage
  61. Léontine garde la maison
  62. Fiore Selvaggio
  63. Tvä Hungrande Städer Vid Donau (Two Starving Cities on the Danube)
  64. 1917 Val Duchesse
  65. La Paura Degli Aeromobili Nemici
  66. Les ruines des ville d’armentières lens et la bassée
  67. La vie reprend dans les régions libérées
  68. Massaiernes Menn Og Kvinner (Maasai Men and Women)
  69. Fante-Anne (Gypsy Anne)
  70. Mieux valait la nuit
  71. Amma, le voyeur aveugle
  72. Le coeur et les yeux
  73. [Messter-Woche:] Modeschau Im Zoo
  74. Water Lilies (1911)
  75. Mr. Myope chasse
  76. Le mensonge de Jean le Manchot
  77. Blindeninstituut En Ooglijdersgasthuis Te Bandoeng (Insitute For the Blind Home in Bandung)
  78. A Flash of Light
  79. Trappola
  80. Now We’re In The Air
  81. The Reckless Age
  82. Schatten: Eine Nächtliche Halluzination (Warning Shadows)
  83. Die Bergkatze (The Wildcat)
  84. Le railway de la morte
  85. Face au taureau
  86. Nel Paese dell’Oro
  87. Onésime sur le sentier de la guerre
  88. Kikujunegrene Danser (Kikuyu Tribe Members Dancing)
  89. Captain F.E. Kleinschmidt’s Artic Hunt
  90. Il Baco Da Seta
  91. La Guerra Italo-Turca
  92. La Gloriosa Battaglia Del 12 Marzo A Begasi Nell’Oasi Delle Due Palme
  93. The Victorious Battle For the Conquest of Mergheb, Africa
  94. La Vita Dei Nostri Ascari Eritrei In Libia
  95. Plotoni Nuotatori Della 3 Divisione Cavalleria Comandata Da S.A.R. IL Conte Di Torino
    Sixième Bataille De L’Insonzo
  96. Kaffeplantasje I Afrika/Kenya (Coffee Plantation In Kenya)
  97. Aelita
  98. Vem Dömer? (Love’s Crucible)
  99. Ménilmontant
  100. Fièvre
  101. Il Fiacre N. 13 (1917)
  102. Viaggio In Caucaso E Persia
  103. Daleko Na Sever (Far In The North)
  104. The Right To Happiness
  105. Mediolanum
  106. 24e chasseurs alpins: sauts d’obstacles
  107. Danse au bivouac
  108. Fête au village
  109. Pompiers: alerte
  110. Salut dans les vergues
  111. Fête du palais-royal #1
  112. Fête du palais-royal #2
  113. Fête du palais-royal #3: re-enactment of scene from Notre-Dame de Paris
  114. Panoramic Painting of the Battlefield
  115. Military Parade at the Cour d’Honneur in Versailles
  116. Panorama on the Creuse river #1
  117. Dam on the Creuse river
  118. Panorama on the Creuse river #2
  119. Paper Manufacture
  120. Journalists and Typographers In Editorial Office
  121. Men Unloading A Train
  122. Train Pulling Into A Factory
  123. Carmen (1918)
  124. Nebuvalyi Pokhid (An Unprecedented Campaign)
  125. Tokyo No Yado (An Inn In Tokyo)
  126. The Taming of Jane
  127. An Up-To-Date Squaw
  128. The Corporal’s Daughter
  129. The Night Rider
  130. Patouillard a une femme jalouse
  131. Lea Bambola
  132. The Circus Imps
  133. The Pouting Model
  134. Living Pictures Production
  135. Birth of the Pearl
  136. Un duel après le bal
  137. Spirit of ’76
  138. Combat sur la voie ferrée (1898)
  139. Combat sur la voie ferrée (1899)
  140. Mort de marat
  141. Charlotte Corday (1908)
  142. Death of Nelson
  143. Les dernières cartouches (1897)
  144. Les dernières cartouches (1899)
  145. Les dernières cartouches / Bombardment d’une Miason
  146. La fiancée du volontaire
  147. Flagrant délit d’adultère
  148. Le jugement de Phryné
  149. Akt-Skulpturen
  150. La vie et la passion de Jésus-Christ (1902)
  151. Vie et passion de N.S. Jésus-Christ
  152. La vie et la passion de Jésus-Christ (1897)
  153. La nativité
  154. Les cloches du soir
  155. Rouget de lisle chantant la Marseillaise
  156. What Are the Wild Waves Saying, Sister?
  157. Waiting For Santa Claus
  158. Le réveil de Chrysis
  159. Le bain des dame de la cour
  160. An Affair of Honor
  161. The Spirit of His Forefathers
  162. The Whisky of His Ancestors
  163. Der Golem (1915)
  164. Der Gang In Die Nacht
  165. Il Carnevale Di Nizza
  166. La Campana Dei Caduti Rovereto 24 Maggio 1925
  167. Le femme rêvée
  168. Glomdalsbruden (The Bride of Glomdal)
  169. Sulla Vie Dell’Oro
  170. Manden Uden Fremtid (The Man Without A Future)
  171. Dawn (1928)
  172. Lea In Ufficio
  173. Lea Sui Pattini
  174. Tilly’s Party
  175. Cunégonde trop curieuse
  176. Cunégonde femme cochère
  177. Onésime et la toilette de mademoiselle Badinois
  178. Everybody’s Doing It
  179. She’s A Prince
  180. Thora Van Deken (A Mother’s Fight)
  181. La chasse aux signes
  182. The World and Its Women
  183. Antologia Filmati Neuropatologici Realizzati Dal Prof. Camillo Negro Con Robert
  184. Omegna
  185. Med Bærerkaravene Gjennem Østrafika (By Caravan Through East Africa)
  186. A Fool There Was (1915)
  187. Mania. Die Geschichte Einer Zigarettenarbeiterin (Mania. The Story of a Cigarette Factory Worker)
  188. Kara-Dag Zhemchuzhina Vostochnogo Kryma (Kara-Dag. The Pearl of Eastern Crimea)
  189. Podvig Vo L’Dakh (Feat in the Ice)
  190. Anna-Liisa
  191. Seven Footprints To Satan
  192. Après L’Incendie De Salonique, Août 1917
  193. La croix rouge suisse accueille des réfugiés française en gare de bäle
  194. La femme française pendant la guerre (1918)
  195. Noël de guerre (1916)
  196. Morænen (The House of Shadows)
  197. The Deadlier Sex
  198. le rosier miraculeux
  199. The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927)
  200. Careers (1929)
  201. Dolores (2017)
  202. Bardelys the Magnificent
  203. Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
  204. Battle of the Sexes
  205. Körkarlen (The Phantom Carriage)
  206. Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
  207. Madam Satan
  208. Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton
  209. Fright Night (2011)
  210. The Florida Project
  211. 2 Guns
  212. Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
  213. The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  214. Poltergeist (1982)

1880s: 0
1890s: 40
1900s: 33
1910s: 78
1920s: 42
1930s: 6
1940s: 0
1950s: 0
1960s: 0
1970s: 1
1980s: 1
1990s: 0
2000s: 0
2010s: 9

For my “favorites” section this month I am just going to write about the films I saw at Pordenone. I think a few of the 2017 releases I watched this month will make it to my end of the year round up, so I’ll touch on them eventually.

The Wild Cat, 1921 (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)

I don’t think I’d ever seen a Pola Negri film until this year’s Pordenone Silent. Every festival they have several running themes throughout the week and this year a spotlight on Negri was one of them. While I enjoyed all of the films they showed featuring her, this was my absolute favorite. It’s a romantic comedy about a woman who lives with a band of outlaws in Siberia (or some snowy part of Russia/Europe), who falls in love with a lothario and causes chaos all around her. There is a dream sequence where Negri eats his heart. It is fantastic.

Ménilmontant, 1926 (dir. Dimitri Kirsanoff)

The faces on the actresses in this film are so modern! This film has one of the most jarring opening scenes I have ever seen – and it feels like it could have been shot yesterday! After being orphaned at a young age twin sisters try to make a life for themselves in Paris – only to be taken advantage of by the same man. Director Dimitri Kirsanoff use new techniques like double exposure, soviet-style montage, and no inter-titles makes this film a truly unique experience. Pauline Kael often called it her favorite film.

Nebuvalyi Pokhid, 1931 (dir. Mikhail Kaufman)

This is Soviet film that Mikhail Kaufman made after his split with his brother Dziga Vertov, celebrating the Five Year Plan. Kaufman had a lot more authorship of Man With A Movie Camera than he is given credit and this film really shows that a lot of the lyricism of that film came from him. Imagine that film, but set in the countryside and you get an idea of what this is like. Kaufman captures the joy of human experience like few filmmakers before or after him.

Der Gang in Die Nacht, 1921 (dir. F. W. Murnau)

This is F.W. Murnau’s oldest extant feature film and it simply blew me away. What they presented at Pordenone was a new restoration (this image is not from that restoration) that is absolutely beautiful. It does justice to Conrad Veidt’s stunning features. Veidt plays a blind painter, who finds himself in the middle of a married couple. Disaster ensues, obviously.

A Fool There Was, 1915 (dir. Frank Powell)

Of the 40 films made featuring Theda Bera, only 6 complete films are extant. This amazing tawdry film is one of them. Theda Bera’s character is known as “the vampire” – this is where “vamp” meaning a seductress comes from. She seduces rich men and sucks them dry – of their money, of their love, of their time, and ultimately of their lives.

The Deadlier Sex, 1920 (dir. Robert Thornby)

When a woman inherits her father’s railroad, she finds the business practices of her rival so unsavory she has him kidnapped and set in a secluded forest where his money cannot help him. The two fall in love, obviously. This film as features a drop dead gorgeous, young Boris Karloff as a shifty fur trapper. I cannot find a single picture of him and it is a crying shame!

The Student Prince In Old Heidelberg, 1927 (dir. Ernst Lubitsch)

I did not know anything about this film going into it and I thought that it was going to be a romantic comedy. After the film ended I was drained of my will to live. Yes, it is a sad one. But it is wonderfully romantic and features great performances from Ramón Novarro Norma Shearer, and Jean Hersholt. Beautiful, devastating, and completely unforgettable.

So that was October. I hope I get to go to Pordenone again next year. It is just so much fun (plus the town has the best gelato I have EVER eaten). But now we’re in #Noirvember! This is Noirvember 8 and there is so much happening around the globe it is fantastic! Let me know on Twitter (@oldfilmsflicker) all the great noir and neo-noir films you are watching this month!

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