Pordenone Silent Film Festival

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Giornate del cinema muto
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Location Pordenone, Italy
Founded 1982
Language International

The Giornate del cinema muto (referred to in English as Pordenone Silent Film Festival) is an annual festival of silent film held in October in Pordenone, northern Italy. It is the first, largest and most important international festival dedicated to silent film[1] and also is present in the list of the top 50 unmissable film festivals in the world according to Variety [2]

The festival was founded in 1982 by students hoping to bolster the morale of the victims of the 1976 Friuli earthquake. Their itinerant show of old silent films eventually found a stable home in Pordenone.[1]

The 2006 festival, the silver anniversary, featured nine days of silent films all with live musical accompaniment. Each year the festival features a national archive that has restored lost or disintegrating films; in 2006 the Danish Film Institute presented 28 works of the Nordisk Film Company, dating 1903–1926, Carl Dreyer's Leaves from Satan's Book.[1]

Works shown[edit]

The following is a list of some works that have been shown at the festival, as well as themes engaged and directors featured, in addition to showing the complete works of D.W. Griffith, which are being shown in 12 parts, 1997–2008.


  1. ^ a b c Richie Meyer, Reel News (Seattle International Film Festival), Autumn 2007, p.8
  2. ^ Variety, 50 unmissable film festivals [1]/

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