Cinema Ritrovato: Cineteca di Bologna's Festival of Rare and Restored Films

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
7:00 PM
Memorial Union Building Theater II
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RAPSODIA SATANICA (Satan's Rhapsody)
Directed by Nino Oxilia. Italy, 1915-1917, 45', Italian intertitles with English subtitles, Recorded score by Pietro Masscagni performed by the Orchestra of Teatro Comunale in Bologna in 2015, directed by Timothy Brock.Inaugural remarks by Guy Borlée, Coordinator of the Cineteca di Bologna's Cinema Ritrovato Festival.

The story of Rapsodia satanica is as agonizing and troubled as the fate of the countess Alba d’Oltrevita, played by the divine Lyda Borelli. Nino Oxilia’s masterpiece was completed in spring 1915 but was not released in theatres until 1917. The film was the most genuine attempt at making a total work of art for the screen. The film condenses pictorial quotations that range from Symbolism to the Pre-Raphaelites, literary references to the Faust tradition and Dannunzian decadence, spectacular architectural allusions to art nouveau, all embellished with original music by Pietro Mascagni. Rapsodia satanica is a film in a league of its own with Nino Oxilia’s poetic sensitivity and compositional expertise and Lyda Borelli’s extraordinary performance. She expresses with her body and eyes the controversial aspects of her character, distilling the sensuality of eroticism, the raving hysteria of madness, the dark mood of death.

The film was restored in 2015 by Cineteca di Bologna from a tinted, toned and hand-painted positive print belonging to the Cinémathèque Suisse.

RAPSODIA SATANICA will be preceded by three short films:
--BOLOGNA MONUMENTALE, Italy, 1912, 5’
​Italian intertitles, recorded score by Daniele Furlati
--FORDING THE RIVER, Great Britain, 1910, 3’
​English intertitles, recorded score by Daniele Furlati
An extraordinary example of Kinemacolor film, the very first system to reproduce color with red and green filters.
​Italian intertitles, Pathécolor, recorded score by Daniele Furlati.

About the festival: Each summer, the Cineteca of Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned centers for film restoration—seat of the Charlie Chaplin and Pier Paolo Pasolini archives—presents a nine-day film festival featuring restored films, early silent cinema, and director portraits. During the festival, titled Il Cinema Ritrovato (Rediscovered Cinema), more than 500 titles are presented in six cinemas and on a giant screen at a free outdoor screening in the fifteenth century Piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, which turns into a 2,000-seat open-air movie theater for the entire summer (Sotto le Stelle del Cinema). Il Cinema Ritrovato has been defined as “pure heaven for cinéphiles.”

This year, UNH is partnering with the Music Hall, Portsmouth to bring a number of films from Il Cinema Ritrovato to New Hampshire for the first time. Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour!

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