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Friday, November 07, 2014, 18:00 - 21:30

Special Silent Film Screening: "Café Elektric" with Live Benshi and Piano Accompaniment and
Pre-screening Cocktail Party followed by a Q&A session with Austrian pianist Gerhard Gruber
benshi narrator Ichiro Kataoka, and film archivist Fumiko Tsuneishi

Friday, November 7Cafe Elektric
18:00 – 18:50 Cocktail party
19:00 – 20:45 Screening
20:50 – 21:20 Q&A session

91 minutes German intertitles (narration in Japanese, with English dialogue précis)
Austria, 1927
Directed by Gustav Ucicky
Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Willi Forst, Fritz Alberti, Nina Vanna, Igo Sym

Film courtesy of Filmarchiv Austria
Performers courtesy of the Austrian Embassy/Cultural Forum

In honor of the upcoming "Silent Film Renaissance 2014 from Vienna: Treasures of Filmarchiv Austria" festival, we are pleased to present this celebration of a bygone era when all silent films in Japan were accompanied by the extraordinary live performances of pianists and benshi narrators. The benshi were the silent era's real stars. Not content to merely narrate the story and characters' dialogue, they became famous for providing their own unique interpretations of the action taking place on the screen.
Set against the backdrop of a fashionably naughty café in Vienna, which all its characters patronize, "Café Elektric" features screen icon Marlene Dietrich in one of her earliest roles. as Erni Göttlinger, a spoiled rich girl. Bored with the affections of Max (Sym), a young engineer who works at her father's construction company, she finds herself attracted to a gigolo, Fredl (Forst). When he demands money from her, she robs her father's safe. Fredl then bestows a stolen ring on his former girlfriend, Hansi (Vanna), with whom Max becomes smitten after the two meet. Hansi dreams of a better life but knows that "the likes of us never get out of the Elektric." Matters get complicated when Erni's tycoon father arrives at the café to meet his paramour, former prostitute Paula (Salvotti), and notices the ring on Hansi's finger.

"Café Elektric" is one of the 16 films to be screened - several with benshi and piano - at "Silent Film Renaissance 2014 from Vienna: Treasures of Filmarchiv Austria," running from November 11 - 16 at the National Film Center in Kyobashi. Along with several recently restored erotic shorts, other highlights include "Der Rosenkavalier," "Die Sklavenkönigin," "Orlac's Hände," "Die Freudlose Gasse" and "Romeo und Julia im Schnee," directed by Ernst Lubitsch in 1920 before he found fame in Hollywood.

Join the Movie Committee and Entertainment Committee for this very special performance and screening in advance of the festival kickoff.

Find out more here:

GERHARD GRUBER is a composer and pianist who has accompanied some 400 silent films over the past 25 years, not only in his native Austria but around the world. For the last decade or so, he has worked with benshi narrators from Japan, and in 2013 he partnered with Ichiro Kataoka to form the duo East Meets West, which accompanies silent film screenings throughout Europe.

ICHIRO KATAOKA studied film at Nihon University, then began studying under the great benshi Midori Sawato, who has devoted over 40 years to keeping the benshi's art alive around the world, accompanying over 500 films. Kataoka is the best-known benshi of his generation, a rising star who has performed widely in Europe and Australia, often with non-traditional instruments. He has appeared as a benshi in various films and also works as a voice actor for animation and video games.

FUMIKO TSUNEISHI is a university lecturer and an archivist at Filmarchiv Austria. After studying law and interdisciplinary cultural studies at the University of Tokyo, she worked as an assistant curator at the National Film Center in Tokyo and organized some of the first digital film restoration projects in Japan. Since 2006 she has worked on both digital and analogue film restoration projects at Filmarchiv Austria.Join our performers, Filmarchiv Austria, Embassy of Austria and National Film Center representatives for a special pre-screening party with cocktails and light snacks from 18:00, for just ¥1,080 (incl. tax). A selection of Austrian wine will be served, and other drinks will be available at the cash bar. Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. Please sign up at the FCCJ Reception Desk (3211-3161) or register below.

You may attend the screening and Q&A without attending the cocktail party, but you will not have seating priority. Please reserve in advance, still & TV cameras inclusive. All movie screenings are private, noncommercial events restricted to FCCJ members and their guests.

- A joint Movie Committee and Entertainment Committee event


特別上映会 無声映画『カフェ・エレクトリック』弁士の語りとピアノ伴奏つき


東京国立近代美術館フィルムセンターで開催される「ウィーン フィルムアルヒーフ・オーストリアの無声映画コレクション」を記念して、弁士と伴奏つきの上映会を企画しました。

Café Elektric


18:00~18:50 カクテルパーティ
19:00~20:45 本篇上映
20:50~21:20 質疑応答セッション 

活動写真弁士:片岡 一郎
東京国立近代美術館フィルムセンター研究員:常石 史子



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 映画委員会・エンターテイメント委員会 共同開催イベント


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