Wednesday May 01 2019


Wed, May 1 3:00 PM (75 min)
An Illustrated Lecture by Gian Luca Farinelli at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley
Over a century ago, a few years after the birth of the Italian nation and the birth of the new art form of cinema, early camera operators were alert to the potential of documenting the beautiful new country for the international cinema-going market and burgeoning tourist industry. Filmmakers from Germany and France flooded in to join Italian cineastes in documenting the landscapes and customs of far-flung Italian locales from Sicily to Venice. The Cineteca di Bologna has preserved a collection of these travelogues, shot between 1905 and 1914, and the Cineteca’s director Gian Luca Farinelli will present a selection of the most fascinating, providing context for the exquisite images. This early 20th-century grand tour will wend from Sicily through Amalfi, Rome, Bologna, and Milan before ending in Venice.

Gian Luca Farinelli is the director of the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy,
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Wed, May 1 7:00 PM (72 min)
Live musical accompaniment by Timothy Brock conducting students of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Buster Keaton’s tintype photographer falls for MGM office gal Marceline Day and tries to impress her by becoming a newsreel cameraman. His efforts take him from Yankee Stadium to the middle of a Chinatown tong war. Sublimely romantic, hilariously funny, and now in a beautiful 4K restoration!

Restoration by Cineteca di Bologna in coordination with Warner Bros.
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Wed, May 1 8:30 PM (120 min)
Join the party on the top-floor loft of the historic McRoskey Mattress Company Building, 1687 Market Street (at Gough) in San Francisco!
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