Sat

23/06

Cantiere Modernissimo > 12:00

FESTIVAL OPENING / WOLVES OF KULTUR Episode 1

Introduce

Cecilia Cenciarelli, Mariann Lewinsky, Ehsan Khoshbakht and Gian Luca Farinelli

Piano accompaniment by

Daniele Furlati

Il Cinema Ritrovato 2018 opens in the (re)construction site of the Modernissimo Cinema, which Cineteca di Bologna is currently restructuring in the heart of the city, beside Piazza Maggiore. The festival’s four directors – Cecilia Cenciarelli, Gian Luca Farinelli, Ehsan Khoshbakht and Mariann Lewinsky, will present the XXXII edition of the festival to the public, and they will introduce a special programme of films from 1898 to 1918 – including the first episode of the famous silent series Wolves of Kultur by Joseph Golden, accompanied on piano by Daniele Furlati. The magic of cinema of a century ago, in the suggestive setting of a cinema theatre originally inaugurated in 1915. Our ‘underground’ visions will continue, twice a day, with the successive episodes of the series (fifteen in total, jointly restored by sixteen film archives from around the world), all accompanied by live music.

Projection
Info

Saturday 23/06/2018
12:00

Subtitle

Original version with subtitles

WOLVES OF KULTUR - The Torture Trap

Film Notes

It takes fifteen boring minutes filled with people who read or write letters and talk on the phone until the treacherous foreigners have killed the inventor and stolen the construction plans of his patriotic invention, a wireless torpedo. And then Alice Grayson (Leah Baird) appears, action sets in, everybody pursues everybody, a car falls from the bridge, the trapdoor leads straight to the urban underworld, beards and glasses are ripped off and a blind old man becomes a young detective. Alice hits one attacker over the head with a bottle and bites another, she is casual with pistols and torture, and looks so lovely with a moustache when crossdressing. “This woman is extremely clever!” says one of the Wolves. As soon as we learn – only in Episode 8 – the name of her faithful chauffeur, Jim, he gets killed. Indefatigably and once again (by Episode 13 the intertitles become slightly apologetic) our heroes, now a couple, are meeting danger and escaping it, climbing, running, driving, on ships, motorcycles, trams, in woods, caves, lakes, on towers, peaks and rails. The last episode ends in heavy shooting; all of a sudden we are out of our enjoyable colossal chase film in the vein of Victorin Jasset and into a nasty little piece of propaganda by the National Rifle Association. But nothing can demean the glory of this serial, a fabulous Kamasutra of cliffhangers. Some of its inventions are unsurpassed: do not miss Episode 6, and if you want to learn your cliffhanging from scratch, Episode 8 will show you the basics and from there you can progress to such exciting positions as proposed by Episode 11 and 13.

Mariann Lewinsky

Cast and Credits

15 episodi. Scen.: Joseph A. Golden. Int.: Leah Baird (Alice Grayson), Charles Hutchison (Bob Moore), Sheldon Lewis (Barclay), Betty Howe (Helen Moore), Austin Webb (Henry Hartman), Edmund Dalby (Mario Zaremba), Karl Dane (Carter), Frederick Arthur (Ernst Lang), Mary Hull (Marie Zaremba). Prod.: Pathé. 35mm. L.: 7576 m. D.: 320’ a 18 f/s. Bn.
Episode 1: The Torture Trap (L.: 804 m. D.: 35’)

PANORAMA PENDANT L'ASCENSION DE LA TOUR EIFFEL

Year: 1897 o 1898
Country: Parigi, Francia
Sound
Mute
Edition
2018

[FAIRBANKS CAN 4]

Year: 1918
Country: USA
Running time: 2 '
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2018

[TULIPANI]

Year: 1918
Country: Francia
Running time: 1'
Edition
2018