TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT AUTEURS OF SILENT CINEMA

4th Silent Film Festival

    • Cinema
    Monday 16th - Thursday 26th of September 2013

    4th Silent Film Festival
    TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT AUTEURS OF SILENT CINEMA

    Free Entrance


    Silent Cinema visits again MCF, a place that never forgets Michael Cacoyannis’ love for the silent films. The 4th Silent Film Festival has as its topic: The Great Auteurs of Silent Cinema and it is organized from the 16th to the 26th of September 2013 with free entrance.

    After the successful tributes to the American and European Silent Cinema (based on filmic choices made by Michael Cacoyannis) and thematic tributes such as the 3rd - Subject: The Emancipation of Woman, the 4th Silent Film Festival is about to screen 16 films that were shot during the period 1902-1929 and they are directed by famous auteurs such as Murnau, Lang, Dreyer, Eisenstein, Bunuel&Dali, DeMille, Chaplin, Keaton etc. The majority of the films are accompanied by original scores by Greek composers that are performed on stage.

    Like every year, the 4th Silent Film Festival is organized in cooperation with the STUDIO-Parallel Circuit, and his President Christos Papadimitriou as well as the Film Scoring workshop with responsible instructor, Alexandros Mouzas.

    Below, there is the list with the films that are going to be screened.

    • Monday 16th of September

    Friedrich W. Murnau  - Sunrise (1927-95΄)
    NATALIA MAVRAKI

    Violin: Nasos Martzoukos
    Flute: Zacharias Tarpagkos
    Piano: Katerina Deligiannidou

    • Tuesday 17th of September

    Frank Borzage - Seventh Heaven (1927-110΄)
    ILIAS NIKOLAIDIS

    • Wednesday 18th of September

    Fritz Lang - Dr Mabuse & Der Grosse Spieler (1922-157')
    ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

    • Thursday 19th of September

    Carl Dreyer - La passion de Jeanne D’Arc (1928-78΄)
    YANNIS SFIRIS

    Kostas Sakarelis (English horn)
    Yannos Yovanos (cello)
    Myrto Akrivou (piano)
    Yannis Sfiris (electric keyboard)

    With the vocal Ensemble "Eklipsis"
    Arrangement: Mattheos Legakis

    • Friday 20th of September
     
    Buster Keaton - Sherlock Junior (44') and The goat (23’)
    ORESTIS MORAITIS

    Sound Design, Piano: Orestis Moraitis

    • Saturday 21st of September

    Paul Wegenert & Carl Bose - The Golem (1920-85΄)
    Pre-recorded music by MARINA TZOULI

    &

    Benjamin Christensen - Haxan: Witchcraft through the ages (1922-100΄)
    ANNA MOUZAKI

    Director: Benjamin Christensen
    Writer: Benjamin Christensen
    Cast: Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan, Benjamin Christensen

    With Whisperfono5+
    [Io Koutsothodorou
    Pavlina Katsi
    Gogo Charalabidou
    Giorgos Liakos
    Stefanos Yovanovski
    ]

    • Sunday 22nd of September

    Robert Flaherty - Nanook of the north (L’Eskimau) (1922-79΄)
    GOGO KALODIKI

    Marina Stalimerou (violin)
    Gogo Kalodiki (electronic instruments)

    &

    Charlie Chaplin - A woman of Paris (1923- 71΄)
    SPYROS LOUKOS

    Piano: Spyros Loukos

    • Monday 23rd of September

    Sergei Eisenstein - The General Line. Old and New (1929-121΄)
    ELENI MITSIAKI (DJ set)

    • Tuesday 24th of September

    Erich Von Stroheim - Queen Kelly (1929- 101΄)
    ARGYRO KOLIOGIORGI

    Thanos Margetis (piano) 
    Nikos Kiakos (violin)
    Merkourios Karalis (clarinet-bass clarinet)

    • Wednesday 25th of September

    Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali - Un chien Andalou (1928-15΄)
    ALEXANDROS MOUZAS -  Ergon Ensemble (Recorded)

    &

    George Melies - Trip to the moon (1902- 12΄) 
    Cecil De Mile- The Cheat (1915-59΄)
    GIORGOS PAPAMITROU

    Dimitris Tsibanos (piano)
    Vaggelis Nina (cello)

    Lindita Mina (viola for the Cheat)
    Manousos Ploumidis (clarinet for the Trip to the Moon)

    • Thursday 26th of September
    Paul Leni- The man who laughs (1928-110΄)
    ELENI MITSIAKI (DJ set)

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    FEW WORDS ABOUT THE TRIBUTE

    "The 4th Silent Film Festival is about to begin. For one more time, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation and STUDIO- STUDIO-Parallel Circuit stay loyal to their appointment with the cinephile audience. During the two last weeks of September, seventeen silent films -produced during 1915-1930- are about to be screened at MCF’s cinema.

    More specifically, the first period that followed the 1st World War was largely known as the Jazz Period of the Silent Cinema. The focus of the thematic silent film festival on that period tries to give both artistic satisfaction and historical awareness by underlining the social role of the cinema.

    The silent films during the period 1918-1930 were the mediums of diffusing the idea of building a new world constructed on the ruins of the Great War. Cinema was used both by the economic oligarchies in order to maximize profit and the political leaders in order to manipulate the masses (e.g. new modus Vivendi, consumerism or even labor’s revolution). Do not forget that Cinema is historically the only kind of Art that was transformed into a great industry with economic and political significance.

    From the end of World War I to the collapse of the ways of life because of the economic crash of 1929-30, cinema developed its artistic essence, as well as its propaganda mechanisms for political and economic exploitation. The rebellion-worker, the cowboy, the charming businessman, the suffragette and the femme-fatale are some representative examples of the change that was coming. But, this time, we focus on the auteur behind the camera, the hidden hero and not on the glamorous cast. We have chosen films whose director’s name is featuring one or more times at the relevant list of the 100 best silent films ever (Wikipedia, IMDB).  

    Many of those films were not acclaimed during their time. In many cases, the films were well-received by the cinema-critics, whereas the audience had rejected them. And now, the time has come in order to re-establish their prestige in front of the Greek audience. In addition, all the films that were selected pay their respect to the basic artistic role of cinema: they are entertaining journeys, quests, avant-garde creations and dreams.

    We wish you enjoying the screenings and we promise you that we are going to keep entertaining you with new cinematic tributes."

    Christos Papadimitriou
    President of STUDIO-Parallel Circuit