16 February 2019

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Pordenone Silent Film Festival

37th Edition

Pordenone Silent Film Festival

when:October 6th - 13th, 2018
address:c/o La Cineteca del Friuli
Palazzo Gurisatti
Via G. Bini, 50
33013 Gemona (UD) Italia

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Though it was not to acquire its definitive name and identity until the following year, the Giornate del Cinema Muto can date its first edition to 9 to 11 September 1982, when Cinemazero presented the Cineteca del Friuli’s collection of the films of Max Linder, in the theatre of the Centro Studi di Pordenone. With the title “Le roi du rire: the origins of comic cinema”, it might have come and gone as a one-off event. But among the less than ten guests from outside the region, there was the dean of Italian film historians, Davide Turconi. As we sat all together at table, he said, as if it were the most natural thing in the world, “Fine. Next year we will do Mack Sennett.” And we, quite naturally, concurred.
Davide (born 1911) was director of the Giornate until 1989, and remained a member of the directive board until 1998. From 1999 until his death in 2005 he was Honorary President of the festival. From the edition of 1997 and for 19 years the festival was directed by the English cinema critic and historian David Robinson (born 1930). Since 2016 the new director has been the film critic Jay Weissberg (born 1965).