The Friends of the Orpheum Theatre presents Filibus: The Mysterious Air Pirate, a 1915 color-tinted silent adventure film starring Valeria Creti, directed by Mario Roncoroni, and written by the future science fiction author Giovanni Bertinetti.
“Baroness Troixmonde, aka Filibus, the mysterious air pirate, commits heists then retreats to the safety of her dirigible airship. When an esteemed detective sets out on her trail, the prankish jewel thief begins an elaborate game of cat and mouse with him, slipping between male and female identities to romance the detective’s sister and stage a midnight theft of a pair of valuable diamonds.”
A precursor to today’s gadget-driven thrillers, Filibus is noted by film historians for its pioneering use of lesbian attraction, genderfluidity, and science fiction motifs. This light-hearted adventure film is digitally remastered with English intertitles.
Silent film musical accompaniment by RPM Orchestra, best known for composing original scores to accompany movies of the Silent Era. The “dieselpunk music” quintet was awarded ‘Best of Phoenix – Best Live Accompaniment’ for its work, by Phoenix New Times, in 2018.
Filibus with RPM Orchestra @ Orpheum Theatre is an Immersive “Silent Adventure Film Score” Experience sponsored by Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
Running time: 76 minutes
Ticket price – adult $16, children 12 and under $11.