Coming up: Cinema Ritrovato

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On Saturday 29th of June the 27th edition of the Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna starts. So buckle up for a vast programme this year, including the the programme on the year 1913, Silent Hitchcock, Allan Dwan, Vittorio De Sica, films from just before the Second World War, Chaplin at Mutual, Soviet filmmakers Olga Preobrazhenskaya and Ivan Pravov, two spectacular recreations of early cinema shows, colour films from the Czech New Wave, a tribute to Chris Marker, the passage from silent to sound in Japan, European Cinemascope, films restored by the World Cinema Foundation, and a Jerry Lewis programme. And that only in 8 days, spread over 4 to 5 venues in town! Two major events are planned to be presented at Bologna’s main square Piazza Maggiore. Firstly, a double bill of DeMille’s Carmen (1915) and Chaplin’s Burlesque on Carmen (1915), accompanied by the Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Brock. Secondly, the world premiere of a new score composed by Matti Bye and performed by his ensemble to accompany Victor Sjöström’s classic silent film Berg-ejvind och Hans hustru (The Outlaw and His Wife, 1918). Other films on the square will be restored versions of Roma città aperta (Rome Open City, 1945) by Roberto Rossellini • Hiroshima mon amour (1959) by Alain Resnais • Jour de fête (1949) by Jacques Tati • The Lusty Men (1952) by Nicholas Ray • Falstaff – Campanadas a medianoche (1965) by Orson Welles • Badlands (1973) by Terrence Malick.

Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster’s daughter will introduce The Swimmer and Vera Cruz, in honor of Lancaster’s 100th birthday. New digital restorations presented include Études sur Paris (1928) by André Sauvage • The Invisible Man (1933) by James Whale • Glückskinder (1936) by Paul Martin • La Belle et la bête (The Beauty and the Beast, 1946) by Jean Cocteau • Amore (1948) by Roberto Rossellini • Une si jolie petite plage (1949) by Yves Allégret • Stromboli – Terra di Dio (1950) by Roberto Rossellini • Sudden Fear (1952) by David Miller • Dial M for Murder (1954) by Alfred Hitchcock • La Pointe courte (1955) by Agnès Varda • Richard III (1955) by Laurence Olivier • Plein soleil (Blazing Sun, 1960) by René Clément • Experiment in Terror (1962) by Blake Edwards • Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon, 1962) by Yasujiro Ozu • Tell Me Lies (1968) by Peter Brook • Model Shop (1969) by Jacques Demy • Lucky Luciano (1973) by Francesco Rosi • La Reine Margot (Queen Margot, 1994) by Patrice Chereau. The 1913 programme includes not only the classic Quo vadis? by Guazzoni and a Tragico convento, a tragicomedy with Maria Jacobini newly found and restored by the EYE Filmmuseum, but also a new restoration of Love Everlasting – Ma l’amor mio non muore, Lyda Borelli’s first film – which will also be released on DVD – and a restoration of the epic and mythological film Spartacus.

So selection will be the biggest problem this year. What to choose, what to drop? Luckily our B&B is not to far from the Lumiere cinemas and the Arlecchino cinema…


~ by Ivo Blom on June 2, 2013.

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