Frank Borzage’s 7th Heaven (1927), restored by 20th Century Fox and MoMA, was one of the most exciting events at the Festival “Il Cinema ritrovato” 2018. The Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna performed a new film score written by Timothy Brock.
Restored in 2017 by the MoMA of New York, Ernst Lubitsch’s film Rosita has been recently presented at the XXXII edition of “Il Cinema Ritrovato”, in Bologna, in a musical reconstruction edited by Gillian Anderson and performed by the Mitteleuropa Orchestra. The American composer and musicologist reconstructed Rosita‘s score on the basis of a 1923 cue sheet, drawn from the accompanying music by Louis Ferdinand Gottschalk.
At the Open Day of the University of Vienna’s Department of Musicology, Francesco Finocchiaro and Henriette Engelke talked about silent film music, dwelling on music literature for cinematic use, performative practices, and critical reception. The pianist Elena Minetti played rare mood music pieces drawn from the Sam Fox Moving Picture Music (1913-14) by John S. Zamecnik.
At the International Museum and Library of Music in Bologna, Andrea Battistini and Barnaba Maj presented Musica e metafora: storia analisi ermeneutica (Turin, Accademia University Press, 2017), a collected book edited by Francesco Finocchiaro and Maurizio Giani.
At the University of Bologna’s Department of Arts, Francesco Finocchiaro presented his monograph Modernismo musicale e cinema tedesco nel Primo Novecento (Lucca, LIM, 2017), together with Roberto Calabretto and Daniele Furlati.