Italian Comedy 101: Rediscovering Italy’s Lost Silent Clowns

Presented by David Robinson

NSFF 2021
7 January 2021
8:30 PM (local time)
Presentation: ENGLISH
Films: NL with ENG subtitles
Only via livestream!

Film historians have largely been ignoring Italian silent comedy for a while, but that will change on January 7, 2021. That evening, NSFF 2021 will be opened by our program ITALIAN COMEDY 101. A coproduction with Bristol Slapstick Festival and Eye Filmmuseum, curated by film historian David Robinson.

We open the new year with a spectacular selection of Italian silent comedies. Robinson has gone through more than a hundred Italian-made silent comedies and will also be introducing the films live.

The Italian film industry saw great potential for comedy at the beginning of the twentieth century. Comedians were recruited from everywhere and nowhere, out of circuses and off the street, to perform in silent comedies.

We’ll have a selection of films for you from before World War I with leading roles for Cretinetti, Polidor and Kri Kri, among others. The evening will be musically accompanied live by Daan van den Hurk (piano).

The following films will be presented:

 

AL CINEMATOGRAFO GUARDATE… E NON TOCCATE
IT, 1912
6’02”
Cast: Ernesto Vaser

LE DUE INNAMORATE DI CRETINETTI
IT, 1911
9′
Cast: André Deed, Valentina Frascaroli

FINALMENTE SOLI!
IT, 1912
8’29”
Cast: Ernesto Vaser

TONTOLINI SBAGLIA PIANO
IT, 1912
6’40”
Cast: Polidor

POLIDOR VUOL SUICIDARSI
IT, 1912
7’07”
Cast: Polidor

POLIDOR E I GATTI
IT, 1913
5’41”
Cast: Polidor

LEA BAMBOLA
IT, 1913
6′
Cast: Lea Giunchi

LE AVVENTURE DI UN MONELLO
IT, 1912
7′
Cast: André Deed

KRI KRI FUMA L’OPPIO
IT, 1913
5’46”
Cast: Kri Kri

KRI KRI SENZA TESTA
IT, 1913
6′
Cast: Kri Kri, Lea Giunchi, Gildo Bocci

MADAMIGELLA ROBINET
IT, 1913
8’04”
Cast: Robinet

INTERVIEW WITH GIGETTA MORANO
IT, 1985
4′

L’ACQUA MIRACOLOSA
IT, 1914
9’26”
Cast: Eleuterio Rodolfi, Gigetta Morano