PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews David Robinson, film critic and former artistic director of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.
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If you have an interest in film history and criticism, chances are, you have read at least some of David Robinson‘s writings on cinema. The usual FRED introduction here is skipped for a reason – the list of the things Robinson has done and continues to do would have been too lengthy. Also, given the fact that we are in Pordenone for the Silent Film Festival, it is almost obligatory about his almost two decades as the festival’s director and the festival’s evolution during this time.
This year, the festival celebrated its 35th edition, and it is the first edition of Robinson as a spectator: “now I know why people like this festival so much,” he says. After talking about the festival we get into a discussion of silent cinema in general and how silent cinema can be promoted to a modern audience, as well as whether or not an audience naturally reacts differently to silent cinema than contemporary cinema (or even just any ‘talkie’).
In the second part of the interview, Robinson, the official biographer of Charlie Chaplin, reveals some inside scoop on his latest book on Chaplin that he is currently writing, and will focus on the film that Chaplin was working on before he died, and which was therefore never made.