Nowadays, with video on demand, iPads that stream Netflix, and — God forgive the bootleggers — torrent files, the experience of going to the movies has become, as David Lynch has called it, “a horror show.” However, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens has maintained an ongoing film series called Viewing Vizcaya, featuring period-appropriate silent classics shown the way the mansion’s original owner, James Deering, and his guests would have experienced them.
In the grand courtyard of the main house, cocktails are served, a screen is raised, and Vizcaya’s custom-made pipe organ is rolled out to bring back the experience of moviegoing. The series’ latest screening will feature Augusto Genina’s 1925 take on the classic tale Cyrano de Bergerac. Back in those days, they made movies the hard way. Shooting for this film was finished in 1923, but the stencil color process, a complicated method for tinting black-and-white film also known as Pathéchrome, took two years to complete. Beyond this technical feat, this is also the film that features the original tragic ending true to Edmond Rostand’s classic 1897 play.
The film screens Monday at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $18. Call 305-250-9133 or visit vizcaya.org.
Wed., Feb. 26, 7 p.m., 2014