On November-December 2018, the Austrian Filmmuseum dedicated a film retrospective to Elvira Notari (1875–1946), the Neapolitan film pioneer of the early silent era. Italian folk music stars Lucilla Galeazzi, Dolore Melodia, and Michele Signore contributed to outstanding live musical accompaniments for the films ‘ A Santanotte (1922), È piccerella (1922), Fantasia ‘e surdato (1926), as well as Roberto Roberti’s masterpiece Napoli che canta (1926).
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.
Francesco Finocchiaro, Seventh Heaven ovvero Il capolavoro ritrovato, “Amadeus”, July 2, 2018
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.
Francesco Finocchiaro, Il Cinema ritrovato: Rosita di Ernst Lubitsch recupera le sue musiche, “Amadeus”, June 29, 2018
Interviewing Gillian Anderson and Timothy Brock upon their new silent film scores for Rosita (1923) and 7th Heaven (1927). Festival Il cinema ritrovato 2018, June 23 – July 1, 2018, Bologna
At the Musicological Department’s “Semesterfrüchte 2018”, Elena Minetti performed film music pieces drawn from John S. Zamecnik’s Sam Fox Moving Picture Music (1913-14).