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Early Epics, Silent Divas: Italian Cinema 19091925

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus The Italian Academy 1161 Amsterdam Avenue

The Italian Academy and the School of the Arts -- M.A. in Film Studies Program present

Early Epics, Silent Divas: Italian Cinema 19091925

Maciste (Vincenzo Denizot, Luigi Romano Borgnetto, 1915; 67 minutes
Preceded by sequences from Maciste allinferno (1925, 9 minutes)
Introduced by Jacqueline Reich (Fordham University)

Curated by Jane Gaines and Greta Nordio (Columbia University)

Maciste is the first of a long series of successful films about the character, Maciste, the good, strong man played by Bartolomeo Pagano who has become mythical in Italian culture. In this film, a young girl hides from her enemies in a cinema where she watches the famous film Cabiria. Fascinated by the films hero, Maciste, she goes looking for him. From then on, Maciste helps her overcome her enemies and the two embark on a series of dangerous and exciting adventures.

Categories: Arts: Film