NFSA Restores: Three Days to Live

5 February
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$14 / $12

Silent with live musical accompaniment by Mauro Colombis.

Following a year long restoration project, we bring you the Australian premiere of a film once thought lost to Hollywood mythology. In Three Days to Live Capra is credited as Editor and Titles, two very creative roles. It is also thought, according to biographer Jim McBride, that Capra was assistant director. The film is a mystery set across San Francisco’s share market and 'exotic' India, where a shadowy investor is targeting fellow investors forcing them into bankruptcy. When Grace (Ora Carew) realises her father is being targeted seeks police protection but takes events into her own hands. Also starring Helen Howell who would later become Capra’s wife. 

This special event screening includes detailed contextual and historical discussion by NFSA Film Curator Sally Jackson. The film screens with a musical accompaniment by Mauro Colombis. Mauro is a regular collaborator with the NFSA and has a masters degree from the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatorium and Venice Conservatorium. He has played for major film festivals in Italy, including the world’s leading silent film festival Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, as well as in Australia and Thailand. 

See more films in the Lost Horizon: Frank Capra's America season.