IU CINEMA: A Fool There Was (Midwest Premiere)

  • November 1, 2019
  • IU Cinema
  • 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-856-CINE
  • 7:00 PM to 8:18 PM
  • $8 single ticket or $40 festival pass

Silent film with orchestral accompaniment

The Days of Silent Cinema: Le Giornate del Cinema Muto at Indiana University

Founded in 1982, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto is considered the world’s leading international silent-film festival, presented annually in the northern Italian town of Pordenone. Indiana University will be the host of an inaugural U.S. satellite festival, bringing U.S. premieres of some of the highlights from the October 2019 festival in Pordenone. Join IU Cinema, IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, and the Music Scoring for Visual Media program in the Jacobs School of Music for three days of rare and new restorations of silent films with live musical accompaniment. One $40 festival pass will gain entry for all screenings, or single tickets can be purchased for $8 per screening. Full festival schedule—which will include additional screenings, workshops, and lectures—will be posted closer to the festival.

Theda Bara stars in the role that made her a star, as the Vampire, a seductive ‘other woman’ who does not care about the consequences of her actions, using her sexuality to achieve wealth and status. Composer Philip Carli’s new score— a Midwest premiere, performed by Jacobs School of Music student and Carli—makes colors emerge from the film’s despair and highlights the emotions that seep through to its final moments. Print courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art with preservation support from The National Film Preservation Foundation and The Film Foundation. Silent film with English intertitles. Contains mature content.

Not rated | 1915 | 35mm
Drama, Silent/Live Accompaniment
Directed by Frank Powell

IU CINEMA: A Fool There Was (Midwest Premiere)