Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the festival of silent film held each year in the small town of Pordenone, near Udine in North-East Italy, is the most important event of its kind in the world.
As luck would have it, the 2015 edition, the 34th, was to feature a screening of Rupert Julian’s seminal adaptation with live orchestral accompaniment: Mark Fitz-Gerald conducting the Orchestra San Marco. What better occasion for the Network’s first meeting?
David Robinson, director of the Festival, was keen to learn about the ‘Phantom on Film’ project, and in particular to discuss surviving materials relating to the very first adaptation, Ernst Matray’s Das Phantom der Opera (1916).
This was an opportunity for members of the Network to set out goals for the project and meet with David and some other important figures in the world of silent film, for example Phil Carli and Bryony Dixon.