Italian silent films at the crossroads of European arts (1896-1930)
Project leader: Céline Gailleurd
In collaboration with:
Académie de France à Rome - Villa Medici
Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna
Cineteca Nazionale (Roma)
Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé
AFRHC (Association française de recherche sur l’histoire du cinéma)
Università degli Studi di Torino
Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"
Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam)
Associazione Italiana per le Ricerche di Storia del Cinema (AIRSC)
This project wishes to motivate a collective work between reasearchers teams, patromonial institutions and an art school, in order to open a field of studies still widely unknown in the history of cinema and aesthetics – silent films – through a corpus of films shot between 1896 and 1930.
Interdisciplinarity is at the center of this project: we wish to replace Italian silent films in the European artistic, media and cultural context of the end of the 19th century until the end of the silent period. We aim to rediscover this rich cinema by bringing it face to face with other disciplines: painting, sculpture, music, theater, dance, photography, literature...
By exploring and digitizing Italian and French archival fonds, we wish to rediscover this period of the history of cinema by putting the emphasis on the aesthetic and poetic analysis of these films and bringing out new issues related to digitization.