This epic of Italian silent cinema tells a passionate tale of love and betrayal in the days leading up to the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius
New Restored 35mm Print! Based on Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s incredibly popular 19th-century historical novel of the same title, The Last Days of Pompeii centers on the adventures of Glaucus, a young dandy, the blind flower-girl Nydia, and sinister Egyptian priest, Arbaces, in the days leading up to the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Filmmakers Carmine Gallone and Amleto Palermi spared no effort in bringing the epic decadence of ancient Rome to the silver screen. Italy’s most expensive production up to that point, the film features extravagant sets and photography re-envisioning a standing Pompeii. The volcano’s annihilative mayhem is one of the grandest examples of cinema’s fascination with the legendary natural disaster. Don’t miss this rare screening of the famed Italian classic. (Italy 1926, 144 min., tinted b/w, silent, 35 mm new restored print from the British Film Institute – Director: Carmine Gallone and Amleto Palermi – Cast: Victor Varconi, Rina De Liguoro, María Corda)
Ben Model is one of the USA’s leading silent film accompanists, and has been playing piano and organ for silents at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the past 27 years. Ben co-curated MoMA’s “Cruel and Unusual Comedy”series and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle retrospective, and also curated Shout!Factory’s new “Ernie Kovacs Collection” DVD box set. A five-time recipient of the Meet The Composer grant, Ben is a regular accompanist at classic film festivals around the U.S.A. and in Norway, and performs at universities, museums, and historic theaters. Ben is the producer and co-founder of The Silent Clowns Film Series, now in its 14th season in NYC. Ben’s recorded scores can be heard on numerous DVD releases from Kino Video and others. Ben’s composed ensemble scores for films by Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd are performed around the U.S. every year by orchestras and by concert bands.