Orphans of the Storm (1921)
In 1915, D. W. Griffith was one of the hottest up-and-coming directors of the fledgling film industry, with a plan to create the first big budget film epic ever. He did just that, and for decades his magnum opus was considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, and many still believe that. However, in modern times, it has become more renowned as the most racist film in movie history. Despite the politically incorrect content,
A lover of silent movies since childhood – and a Pordenone collaborator for several years – Weissberg will take the reins at the Italian fest next year, replacing Pordenone’s revered longtime topper, David Robinson, who will step down after a nineteen year stint during which he propelled Pordenone to its current stellar status. Robinson next year will take the title of director emeritus. They will work in tandem.
“I’ve known David’s work way before I knew him,” Weissberg said. “He has a deep understanding of film history as well as form. He’s an inspiration on so many levels.”
“I first remember being aware of silent film when I was ten years old,” Weissberg reminisced.
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