Annie Mall wrote:
Oh my god, this is fantastic news (including the news dropped by Lubitsch about Lubitsch silents coming out of Transit... absolutely excellent, maybe we'll get those awesome historical epics as well as DIE PUPPE in a nice edition).
But the Cabiria news is fantastic. One thing I wanted to mention to zeds aside from the Bauer recommend (I had to shut down premature on thurs eve) is that CABIRIA is so much more than Special Effects. It sounds like-- and zedz I say this without any condescention-- you've only read about CABIRIA and have it pegged only for the most stupendous set pieces i e the Moloch scene, which is why you categorized it with METROPOLIS (which couldn't be more different). Most texts on silents link these two films because of the gigantic tour-de-force images of a breathtaking moloch devouring his human meat. But this is but a single moment in a vastly rewarding and often intimate, highly detailed and painterly film, rich with very fluid & subjective camera movement and poetic nuance (Gabriel D's intertitles are some of the most lyrical in the whole of the silent cinema)... not to mention running threads of seperate narrative developing in innovative & sophisticated parallel. All that location shooting in the mountains, the complex narrative, Sophinisba feeding her leopard milk! Ahhh...
In the very early zone of silent cinema, it's easy to be fooled by the texts one turns to to get a sense of what's worth watching, and suspect that what is mentioned as 'innovative' by the authors represents all that "works" in the films viz the perspective of today, with the rest being stodgy musty old rediculousness. But CABIRIA is way
ahead of it's time (ahead of today actually!) a complete, full, stunning masterpiece in all zones, sharing much with Kurosawa's & Lean's (maybe L.V.'s LEOPARD, maybe Eisenstein) vast historical epics filled with rich 3 dimensional characters, the sum much more than those stupendous scenes which are most singled out for mention in the texts.
Anyhow, thanks to all for filling in the blanks-- I'm excited again... withdrawal symptoms starting to subside.