Mare Nostrum was the favourite film of Rex Ingram, the prolific, world-renowned Irish director of the silent film era. The restored film will be shown on the 9th December at 18.30 as part of the IFI’s From The Vaults strand and will be presented with live musical accompaniment from 3Epkano and an introduction from Ruth Barton, author of a new study of Ingram, Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen.
Noted for his charisma, talent, and striking good looks, Dublin-born director Rex Ingram (1893?1950) is ranked alongside D. W. Griffith, Marshall Neilan, and Erich von Stroheim as one of the greatest artists of the silent cinema. He became one of the most popular directors in Hollywood, directing smash hits such as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), and Scaramouche (1923).
An exciting World War 1 story made in 1926 about a Spanish merchant sailor and a beautiful spy (played by Ingram’s wife, Alice Terry), Mare Nostrum features many Ingram trademarks such as his eye for scenery, his love of grotesque characters and his exploration of supernatural themes. This beautifully restored, tinted 35mm print, presented by arrangement with Photoplay Productions and Warner Bros, is a reminder of what an extraordinarily talented filmmaker Ingram was.
3epkano are a Dublin-based collective who are dedicated to producing original soundtracks for silent and avant-garde cinema. Founded in early 2004 by Matthew Nolan, they have played numerous headline shows in Ireland and the US to great critical acclaim. Their score for Mare Nostrum has been created specially for the IFI screening and has been funded by the Trinity College Dublin Visual and Performing Arts Fund.
Tickets for From the Vaults: Mare Nostrum are €15 and are available now from the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or www.ifi.ie