Detroit Film Theatre

Cinetopia Film Festival: RAPSODIA SATANICA and rare short films

Saturday, June 10, 2017

1:00 PM

(Italy/1915-1917—directed by Nino Oxilla)

One of the most breathtaking and visionary experimental works in film history, Rapsodia Satanica (42 minutes) was an early attempt at making a total work of art for the screen. In dramatizing the troubled fate of the countess Alba d’Oltrevita (played by the legendary Lyda Borelli), the film—restored to its original rich color palate—condenses pictorial quotations that range from symbolism to the Pre-Raphaelites, references to the Faust tradition, the architectural splendor of art nouveau, distilling the sensuality of eroticism and the raving hysteria of madness. The great score by opera composer Pietro Mascagni is a treasure unto itself. Also included in this program are four other shorts: Monumental Bologna (1912), a priceless, 5-minute tour of Bologna’s parks, basilicas, fountains, porticos and people as they existed in 1912; A Day With Puccini (Un Giorno con Puccini), an 8-minute gem shot at the composer’s villa in Torre del Lago. Puccini, with cigarette between his lips, smells his beloved roses, plays a piece at the piano, works on an arrangement, drives a speedboat and rides in a sidecar! A special component of this Detroit screening will be two extremely rare, restored documentary shorts, Ford and Fiat, depicting the Ford Motor Company and the Fiat factory, both filmed in 1910. (approx. 70 min. total) Free Admission.

Festival passes are now on sale. Individual tickets will be available May 9 at the festival website.
Cineteca di Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned archives for film restoration and preservation, organizes the world-renowned festival Il Cinema Ritrovato every summer, where thousands view classic films at outdoor screenings in Bologna's Piazza Maggiore. A special touring program of rare, previously endangered, newly-restored classic films will be presented during this year’s Cinetopia Festival, from June 8th through June 11th, exclusively at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre. This series is curated by Guy Borlée of Cineteca di Bologna and Elliot Wilhelm of the Detroit Film Theatre, in collaboration with The Italian Consulate in Detroit .