Pordenone Silent 2016 – review – SÃO PAULO, A METROPOLITAN SYMPHONY (“São Paulo, Sinfonia da Metrópole,” Adalberto Kemeny and Rudolf Rex Lustig, 1929, Brazil)

In the 1920’s, São Paulo, the second largest city in Brazil, quickly became the country’s genuine face of national modernity. Its dynamism caught the attention of a number of filmmakers, including Adalberto Kemeny and Rodolfo Lustig, Hungarian filmmakers living in Brazil who created Rex Films and shot São Paulo, a Metropolitan Symphony, in 1929. This…

Pordenone Silent 2016 – review – MONTE-CRISTO (Henri Fescourt, 1929, France)

A perfect combination of the experimentation of the French impressionist directors of the time, and the requirements of the structures of mainstream adventure films, Henri Fescourt’s Monte-Cristo is a remarkable achievement. Adapted, of course, from Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Montecristo (completed in 1844), it was cinema’s final super-production; the last of the silent historical…