Sun

25/07

Cinema Jolly > 15:30

Komiya Collection – Body and soul, performance and expression

Piano accompaniment by

Donald Sosin. Drums Accompaniment by Frank Bockius

“Ah, wonderful!” we think when diva Francesca Bertini offers her beautiful face, framed, mirrored and in close-up, to the admiring gaze of the beholder. We love it, partly, because the fragment (it could be from Lacrimae rerum) suits perfectly the present-day idea of ideal film acting. Actors are supposed to ‘live’ the part they are playing, to immerse themselves in the character’s experience, to act ‘naturally’ from inside out so as to achieve a truthful expression of a fictional situation and to move the audience to believe that they really feel the emotions they communicate. This game of make-believe has been going on for such a long time that by now it seems ‘natural’. And often, performers in early films seem to act ‘unnatural’, but in fact they were accomplished players of a game with different rules and used other modes of communication (which audiences then understood perfectly, naturally).
It is amazing how their acting becomes more and more intelligible and sophisticated when we watch the films several times, attentive to their peculiar modes of communication. Based on body performance and choreography, the works of comics Marcel Favre (Robinet), Ferdinand Guillaume (Tontolini-Polidor) and Giuseppe Gambardella (Checco), mimes such as Stacia Napierkowska and brilliant actors Gigetta and Rodolfi can be appreciated best when we think of them as dance-theatre. With the ‘forzuti’ the athletic type of Italian body artist became popular worldwide. By far the most attractive and interesting among the Macistes, Galaors and Sansones was Mario Guaita-Ausonia. What a joy to discover and identify a fragment (15 minutes, not bad) of his presumed lost Atlas (1920) in the Komiya collection! A more complete restored version of Signora delle camelie is known to exist in the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, but the decomposed remnants of this Bertini film and of Chiffonnette in the Komiya collection are screened here to give the mystical viewing experience of films on the brink of non-existence.

Mariann Lewinsky

Projection
Info

Sunday 25/07/2021
15:30

Subtitle

Original version with subtitles

Book

LE MIRACLE DES FLEURS

Director: René Leprince
Year: 1912
Country: Francia
Running time: 15'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

N. 5616 [DEUTSCHE BIOSKOP FRAGMENT. A COUPLE AND A PISTOL]

Year: 19??
Country: Germania
Running time: 2'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

ATLAS. EPISODIO 2: ACCUSA D’OLTRE TOMBA

Director: Mario Guaita-Ausonia, Renée Deliot
Year: 1920
Country: Italia
Running time: 15'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

[LACRIMAE RERUM]

Director: Giuseppe De Liguoro
Year: 1916
Country: Italia
Running time: 3'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

ROBINET INNAMORATO DI UNA CHANTEUSE

Director: Marcel Fabre
Year: 1911
Country: Italia
Running time: 2'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

UNO È DI TROPPO

Director: Eleuterio Rodolfi
Year: 1913
Running time: 6'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

CHIFFONNETTE

Director: Ubaldo Pittei
Year: 1916
Country: Italia
Running time: 5'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

L’AGENTE TONTOLINI E IL SUO COMMISSARIO

Year: 1911
Country: Italia
Running time: 6'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

LA SIGNORA DELLE CAMELIE

Director: Gustavo Serena
Year: 1915
Country: Italia
Running time: 12'
Film Version

English intertitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021