8th Int'l Silent Film Fest
It's the 8th International Silent Film Festival. As always, everyone is invited to watch. This year, 7 fantastic international films with be played with live music accompanied by famous local and international musicians and bands. All these are made possible by the Goethe-Institut together with the Japan Foundation Manila, the Instituto Cervantes, the Film Development Council of the Philippines and the embassies of France, Italy and the United States of America. Films include City Lights (USA), Destiny (Der Müde Tod, Germany), Verdun: Visions of History (Verdun Visions D'Histoire, France), Love Everlasting (Ma L'Amor Mio Non Muore, Italy), A Diary of Chuji's Travels (Chuji Tabi Nikki, Japan), Curro Vargas (Spain), and Riddles of my Homecoming (Ang Tigmo sa Aking Pagpauli, Philippines). Enjoy all these International films for FREE! But it's a first come first served basis so you need to come at the Shang Cineplex at least a couple of hours earlier to save your seat.
City Lights (USA)
- Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, made in the waning years of the silent era, is a true labor of love, with Chaplin stubbornly sticking to the form even in the advent of sound in filmmaking. The movie is a romantic comedy tracing the relationship of a vagrant and the blind woman that mistook him for a millionaire. While Chaplin is largely known for his comedy, there’s an alluring vein of melancholy that pervades this film, striking at a depth of emotion in its images that transcends the need for sound.
- Fritz Lang's Der müde Tod is said to have inspired the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Luis Buñuel to get into filmmaking. It’s not hard to see why. The film, which tells three tales set in exotic locales, really seemed to be designed to push the medium to its limits. Lang put on a lavish production, one that includes gigantic sets, state-of-the-art special effects, and at one point, an elephant. As always, Lang seemed to defy the very limits of technology of the time, in the end crafting a timeless piece of art.
- Leon Poirier’s Verdun: Visions of History also came at the tail end of the silent era, and was mostly overlooked during its time. But it’s a remarkable movie. It was made to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the end of World War I, and is a beautifully made pacifist film that sought to expose the foolishness of all war. To achieve this effect, Poirier meticulously restaged some of the battles and mixed it in with real documentary footage. And to add to the realism of the piece, he hired real war veterans to play the parts in his movie.
- A good chunk of Italy’s silent era is marked by the "diva film," these big cinematic melodramas headlined by a female star. And Mario Caserini’s Love Everlasting is the progenitor of this trend. It brought to screen stage actress Lyda Borelli, whose sensuous, expressive face set off a frenzy in Italian cinema, and gave rise to a studio system that would define the industry for the next years. The movie casts her as Elsa, a woman who meets a tragic fate due to the machinations of a villain.
- Only a fraction of Daisuke Ito’s A Diary of Chuji’s Travels survives today. The film, originally released in three parts that totaled four hours, has largely been lost. But its legacy as one of Japan’s greatest films lives on today. It was one of the earliest samurai films to feature an outlaw hero, documenting the woes of a Yakuza boss on the run from the law. Director Ito was ahead of his time, displaying a kinetic style and a sympathy for downtrodden characters.
- The rarest film in this year’s lineup is Jose Buchs' Curro Vargas, a silent zarzuela based on the novel El Niño de la Bola by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón. It tells the story of a poor boy who tries to make good in America in order to win the heart of a woman. The 1923 film seems to be one of the earliest examples of the silent zarzuela, which is a pretty interesting form that in the olden days involved the audience singing along to the orchestral accompaniment.
- With archival efforts only having started recently, our country has already lost much of its cinematic heritage. And so we must draw from more recent films for our entries to this festival. Arnel Mardoquio’s Riddles of My Homecoming follows a man’s journey into the afterlife, which according to Mindanaoan mythology, also takes him back to his home. Mardoquio crafts a lyrical, dreamlike film that speaks exclusively in the imagery of his native Mindanao.
- Log on to goethe.de to view the screening schedule
- Go to the Shang Cineplex,Shangri-La Plaza, Edsa on the scheduled movie dates at least two (2) hours before the screening time to guarantee your seat
- Watch and enjoy as many films as you can!
- August 28
- City Lights - 8PM
- August 29
- Destiny - 5PM
- Verdun: Visions of History - 7:30PM
- August 30
- Love Everlasting - 5PM
- A Diary of Chuji's Travels - 7:30PM
- August 31
- Curro Vargas - 5PM
- Riddles of my Homecoming - 7:30PM
- FREE International Films
- Watch FREE films