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Mon, June 20, 2022

21:00 – 22:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italy


Film screening of the 1926 silent movie by Paul Czinner, starring Elisabeth Bergner and Conrad Veidt which was partly filmed in the garden of Villa La Pietra, with live music performed by pianist Jörg Joachim Riehle.

Riehle’s piano soundtrack for the movie is a compilation of original period silent movie music of composers such as J. S. Zamecznik, Domenico Savoni and Giuseppe Becce, supplemented by music of P. I. Tchaikovsky and improvisations and compositions by J. J. Riehle.

The movie will be introduced by Larry Wolff, Co-Director NYU Florence, Nick Dakin-Elliot, La Pietra Horticultural Associate, and Rossella Catanese, NYU Florence Lecturer for Italian Cinema, and Jörg Joachim Riehle, pianist.

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Jörg Joachim Riehle


Jörg Joachim Riehle was born is Stuttgart. He studied Sound Recording, Piano and Organ at the University of Arts in Berlin.
Since 1989 he successfully built up the education division and initiated the revival of the theatre organ in the Museum of Musical Instruments in Berlin. He accompanies silent movies and produces classical CDs.

Rossella Catanese


Rossella Catanese is an adjunct professor of ‘History of Italian Cinema’ at NYU Florence, and a postdoctoral researcher at University of Udine. Previously, she collaborated with Sapienza University of Rome, University of Milan – Bicocca, and IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca. Her publications focus on film restoration, film history, experimental film and avant-garde, and include Lacune binarie. Il restauro dei film e le tecnologie digitali (Bulzoni, 2013), and the edited collections Futurist Cinema. Studies on Italian Avant-garde Film (Amsterdam University Press, 2017) and From Sensation to Synaesthesia in Film and New Media, co-edited with Francesca Scotto Lavina and Valentina Valente (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019).

Nicholas Dakin-Elliot


Nick Dakin-Elliot, as Horticultural Associate, is responsible for the gardens and grounds of Villa La Pietra and, as Garden Manager, the garden of Villa Torre di Sopra, both in Florence, Italy.  Previously, he was senior lecturer in horticulture at Pershore College of Horticulture in England. He has written for a wide range of publications on horticultural issues and was a contributor to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Dictionary of Gardening. He has also given classes for the Society as well as organizations as diverse as the Seychelles government, New York Botanical Gardens and the Landscape Museum of Verbania, Piemonte.He studied ornamental horticulture at Askham Bryan College, York and the University Botanic Gardens, Cambridge and studied education at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Worcester in England.

Larry Wolff


Larry Wolff is Julius Silver Professor of History at NYU and Co-Director of NYU Florence. His books include Venice and the Slavs: The Discovery of Dalmatia in the Age of Enlightenment (2001), Paolina’s Innocence: Child Abuse in Casanova’s Venice (2012), and The Singing Turk: Ottoman Power and Operatic Emotions on the European Stage from the Siege of Vienna to the Age of Napoleon (2016). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and writes frequently about opera.