Tonight in Piazza Maggiore (with a cover set at Cinema Arlecchino in case of rain) we will watch Dans la nuit (France/1929), one of the last masterpieces of silent french cinema, accompanied by the music of the finnish band Cleaning Women. It was the first and only directing credits of Charles Vanel, who was mainly an actor - a quiet prolific one, actually. The passage from acting to directing is not such a strange phenomenon nowadays, but it's still pretty unusual. At Il Cinema Ritrovato this year, we can find also other cases.
Cinema Lessons and Restoration Meetings from the 2021 edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato are now available online for free on the Youtube Channel of Cineteca di Bologna.
Among the many threads woven into the secret fabric of Cinema Ritrovato, this year reveals the remarkable presence, in many sections, of ‘unknown’ film-makers. Each one has their own story; on some, the shadow of time weighs heavily, while for others, geographic censorship or the twists and turns of history have prevented us from knowing the true nature of their work. It is a map full of echoes and surprises, to be traced out along the lines of what most tickles our curiosity.