Specially curated section at 50th IFFI will pay tribute to silent film viewing

The golden jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), to be held in Goa from November 20-28, will witness a specially curated section which pays tribute to the lost form of silent film viewing.
Three classics by three master filmmakers will be showcased. The films are Battleship Potemkin by Russian master filmmaker and pioneer of montage editing Sergei M. Eisenstein, Pandora’s Box by German expressionist master G. W. Pabst and master of suspense and British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail.
The films will be accompanied by master pianist Jonathan Lindsay Best from the United Kingdom who will be performing live during the screenings of these movies at IFFI.
Film as a form originally started as a vaudeville form of entertainment in its nascent stage and at that point, the sound was not a part of it. It was primarily a visual medium which was often an extension of painting or drawing. With the advent of the camera, it became something different. In earlier times, films would be conceptualised as a visual spectacle without any sound.
The only sound would be the live music which would accompany a particular film’s screening at a particular place by an esteemed music composer. With the advent of sound in films, this feature of the film viewing experience soon faded out.
The 50th IFFI will witness around 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films in Indian panorama section. More than 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.

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