Mon

29/06

Cinema Lumiere - Sala Officinema/Mastroianni > 11/25/17 17:45

Albert Samama Chikly. Orientalism and the Orient

Introduce

Mariann Lewinsky

 

Piano accompaniment by

Lorenzo Agnifili

 

Exoticism is not confined to the West as an element of attraction; for its medieval Arab readers The Thousand and One Nights evoked a fantastic, exotic Orient owing to the Indian and Persian origins of the compendium.. Some among the gorgeously stencilled scènes à trucs et transformations and féeries et contes by Gaston Velle – see L’Écrin du Rajah (1906) and La Rose d’or (1910) – display the decorative oriental setting inherited or usurped by early cinema from stage magic and stage féeries. And wasn’t cinema a flying carpet? It transported the audience to foreign lands again and again, satisfying an unquenchable desire that fuelled the production of a staggering quantity of short travelogues in the first twenty years of cinema. With feature length films, orientalist narratives and sexual fantasies started to be acted out. With feature length films, orientalist narratives and sexual fantasies could be further developed. Valentino’s sheikh was not the first dark handsome Oriental to vanquish a white woman on screen – he had an important predecessor in Gunnar Tolnæs with the Danish box-office hit of 1917, The Maharaja’s Favorite Wife I (Maharadjahens Yndlingshustru I); Nordisk hired artists and animals of Circus Sarrasani to add exotic colour to the production.

Mariann Lewinsky

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Monday 29/06/2015
11/25/17 17:45

Subtitle

Original version with simultaneous translation through headphones

L’ÉCRIN DU RAJAH

Director: Gaston Velle
Year: 1906
Country: Francia
Lenght: 9'
Sound
Mute
Edition
2015

MAROKKAANSCHE SCHOENLAPPERS

Director:
Year: 1915
Country: Francia
Lenght: 2'
Film Version

Dutch intertitles

Edition
2015

MAROC: FÊTE DANS UNE VILLE

Director:
Year: 1915
Country: Francia
Lenght: 12'
Sound
Mute
Edition
2015

LA ROSE D’OR

Director: Gaston Velle
Year: 1910
Country: Francia
Lenght: 14'
Film Version

German intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2015

SARRASANI A 376

Director:
Year: 1915
Country: Danimarca
Lenght: 5'
Sound
Mute
Edition
2015