Hanno scritto sulle Giornate / About the Pordenone Festival
Crazy Rays and Scattered Shadows – Lokke Heiss (Silent Era, June 2008)
The world’s leading international silent-film festival, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, presented annually in northern Italy, is still going strong after more than a quarter century. The 26th edition of the festival in October 2007 marked a significant milestone: this was the year the festival returned to its original home in the city of Pordenone. Because of the demolition of the Cinema Verdi, the Pordenone theater that had originally housed the screenings, and delays in construction of a new theater to take its place, the festival had temporarily relocated to nearby Sacile for the previous eight years. But in 2007, with the erection of a new Verdi on the site of the old and the resolution of lingering structural issues, the Giornate returned to Pordenone. It was a triumphant homecoming. – J.B. Kaufman (Classic Images, no. 392, Feb. 2008)
Of all the intertitles appearing on screen during the 26th edtion of le Giornate del Cinema Muto, none raised a more knowing laugh than the warning in The Golden Road to Health and Beauty, the English version of a German physical-culture film from the mid-1920s: "Constant sitting is very bad for the body." Just so – especially for a festival that keeps you glued to your seat before celluloid from 9am to past midnight.
Le Giornate del muto sono rientrate a casa. Una casa tirata a lucido: il Teatro Verdi nuovissimo, che occupa, con la bianca imponenza d’un iceberg di fantasia (e con in sala qualche gradino di troppo) lo spazio del vecchio, dove le Giornate erano cresciute e diventate “il più bel festival del mondo” come dicono gli studiosi e gli addetti ai lavori che vengono dall’estero. E che anche stavolta – dal 6 al 13 ottobre – erano i più a festeggiare la rentrée pordenonese, non senza qualche rimpianto, tuttavia, per la parentesi degli otto anni della trasferta nella vicina, riposante Sacile. – Piero Pruzzo (Film D.O.C., n. 75, nov.-dic. 2007)
Tired of movies looking like videogames rather than celluloid projections of men and women? Come to the Pordenone Silent Film Fest in northern Italy, now in its 26th year. The gold standard for silent film presentation, complemented by the world's finest musical accompanists, Pordenone is the autumn destination for programmers, academics and enthusiasts from around the globe. - Variety Staff ("50 Unmissable Film Festivals", Variety.com, 7 Sept. 2007)