Sun

02/07

Cinema Arlecchino > 16:00

FESTA DEL CINEMA MUTO

Musidora, Jacques Lasseyne
Piano accompaniment by

Daniele Furlati

SOLEIL ET OMBRE

Film Notes

In the 1940s, Musidora recollected her ambitions with Soleil et ombre, as she explained them to her cinematographer, Frank Daniau-Johnston: “I think that a film […] should have images so beautiful that one can appreciate them still in twenty years”. The images Musidora created as the scenarist, co-director and actress in double roles in this film shot in Andalusia are indeed pictographic, making the most of the harsh contrasts between sun and shadow as well as of the local architectural features and landscape. The sites and objects convey an atmosphere and moods that give a heart-searching depth to the tragic love story of an Andalusian girl in love with a bull fighter who abandons her for a foreign blonde. The shot in which the girl’s face is shown behind traditional Andalusian gratings is an evocative representation of her sentiments of being caged by her love. Likewise expressive are the subtle parallels drawn in the editing between the pain and the rage of the bull and the intimate suffering of the girl. Thanks to Musidora’s acting and to the stern images the film is the reverse of the sentimental victimization story it could have easily been. Rather, Soleil et ombre offers a merciless investigation of the cruelty of rejected love.
We can only speculate on what may have appealed to Colette, such as the on-location shooting, the authenticity of the costumes and Musidora’s photogenic acting in the role of the girl. Musidora and Colette were personal and professional friends since 1908. The two films on which they actually worked together, La Vagabonde (1917, after Colette’s novel) and La Flamme cachée (1918, after Colette’s original scenario) are not known to be extant today.
Annette Förster, Women in the Silent Cinema. Histories of Fame and Fate, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam 2017

Cast and Credits

Sog.: dalla novella L’Espagnole di Maria Star. F.: Frank Daniau-Johnston. M.: Nini Bonnefoy. Scgf.: Musidora. Mus.: Jacques Roques. Int.: Musidora (Juana/la straniera), Antonio Canero (Antonio de Baena), Simone Cynthia (l’amica di Juana), Paul Vermoyal (l’antiquario), Miguel Sánchez (il segretario). Prod.: Société des Films Musidora. 35mm. L.: 891 m (incompleto, l. orig.: 1325 m). D.: 43’ a 18 f/s. Bn

DANS UN GRAND MAGASIN, COLETTE VEND SES FARDS

Year: 1933
Country: Francia
Running time: 1'
Film Version

French version

Sound
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Edition
2017

M. HERRIOT ET MME COLETTE À LA QUINZAINE DU LIVRE

Year: 1934
Country: Francia
Running time: 1'
Film Version

French version

Sound
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2017

LE GRAND PRIX DU DISQUE

Year: 1935
Country: Francia
Running time: 2'
Film Version

French version

Sound
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Edition
2017

LA VIE FEMININE. BONNE CHANCE, PETIT CORSAIRE !

Year: 1936
Country: Francia
Running time: 1'
Film Version

French version

Sound
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Edition
2017

13E HUSSARDS: DÉFILÉ PAR DOUZE

Director: [Alexandre Promio]
Year: 1897
Country: Irlanda
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

LIGNE DE BELFAST À KINGSTOWN, I

Director: [Alexandre Promio]
Year: 1897
Country: Irlanda
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

VOYAGEUR ET VOLEURS

Director: [Alexandre Promio]
Year: 1897
Country: Francia
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

DÉPART DE DUNMURRY

Director: [Alexandre Promio]
Year: 1897
Country: Irlanda
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

Les Anglais en voyage: I. L’Entrée

Year: 1897
Country: Francia
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

Soundy Mounts

Director: [Alexandre Promio]
Year: 1897
Country: Irlanda
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

Les Anglais en voyage : III. Pirouettes et sauts périlleux

Year: 1897
Country: Francia
Sound
Mute
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2017

Départ de la gare. Panorama

Director: [Alexandre Promio]
Year: 1897
Country: Irlanda
Sound
Mute
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2017

L’Homme-chien

Year: 1897
Country: Francia
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

Revue de Krasnoïe Selo: artillerie

Director: Alexandre Promio
Year: 1897
Country: Russia
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Year: 1910
Country: Gran Bretagna
Running time: 8'
Film Version

Italian intertitles with English subtitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

NEIGHBORS

Italian Title
I vicini
Director: Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
Year: 1920
Country: USA
Running time: 18'
Film Version

English intertitles with Italian subtitles.

Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

The Gender Reels

Year: 1915-1917
Country: Francia-Germania
Running time: 13'
Film Version

Did. francesi e tedesche

Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

KULISY ĖKRANA

International Title
Behind the Screen
Director: Georgij Azagarov (?), Aleksandr Volkov (?)
Year: 1917
Country: Russia
Running time: 11’ a 18 f/s'
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017

ONCLE SAM

Year: 1917
Country: USA
Running time: 3’ a 18 f/s'
Sound
Mute
Edition
2017