Treasures from the Turin Film Museum

Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance


A rare screening of Italian silent films on 35mm with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne. The silent period was a golden era for Italian cinema, with pioneer directors like Giovanni Pastrone, whose 1914 epic Cabiria influenced filmmakers such as D.W. Griffith. Historical epics were particularly popular. This event features five restored films from the collections of the Turin Film Museum, all with a classical theme. They include Pastrone’s Fall of Troy (1911) and The Last Days of Pompeii (1910), from the novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, which was the first Italian historical epic. The programme also includes Hero and Leander and Dido Abandoned from 1910; and Judas from 1911. Followed by a Q&A featuring Stella Dagna from the Turin Film Museum. The event is generously supported by a grant from the Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition at the University of Bristol. Organised in partnership with South West Silents.
Period22 Apr 2018
Event titleTreasures from the Turin Film Museum
Event typePerformance
LocationBristol, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • translation
  • Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition
  • film
  • film history
  • silent film
  • silent cinema, antiquity, ancient Greece, Rome
  • Italian cinema
  • Classics