Cinema Ritrovato 2014

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Francesca Bertini, portrait by Tito Corbella

Prepare for another Stendhal syndrome sensation at Bologna’s 28th edition of Cinema Ritrovato. For a full week (28 June to 5 July)  the capital of Emilia Romagna will be in the grip of almost non-stop film watching, in daytime spread over four different cinema auditoria plus some additional spaces, in the nighttime on the wonderful and ancient Piazza Maggiore. As the festival announces on its website, “A marvellous time and space machine launched 28 eight years ago, travelling between Bologna and the rest of the world, taking film buffs on a wonderful journey of staggering aesthetic experiences, historical spectacles, linguistic innovations, untamed classicism, black and white, colour and hand coloured films, sound or silent and accompanied live by the best musicians, film print as well as digital projections.” Countless films, but also various workshops e.g. on films of the Ottoman Empire, and on film & antiquity (of which I’ll moderate one myself on orientalism, on the last Saturday). Opening night is Rebel Without a Cause, while the festival closes with the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night. In between piazza screenings of The Merry Widow, Maudite Soit la Guerre and Salvatore Giuliano. On Friday Night the classic epic Cabiria (1914) with orchestra at the Teatro Comunale, but also screenings with carbonic lamps in the square of the Cineteca, including the diva film Sangue bleu (Nino Oxilia 1914) with Francesca Bertini. Finally, the presentation of the DVD of Sangue bleu, including loads of illustrations, a short documentary by Giovanni Lasi, and a text by myself. Plus the restored version of Addio giovinezza with Jacobini, Effetti di luce with Napierkowska, films by Germaine Dulac et.al. I am already in crisis now about which films to let go. How can I match the 1914 delicacies with the William Welman films (Wild Boys of the Road, Beggars of Life!), the Polish widescreen art cinema (Manuscript Found in Saragossa, Ash & Diamonds), the Riccardo Freda films, the Rosa Porten and the Werner Hochbaum films, Japanese cinema? Embarras de choix but also fierce competition.

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Christus (Giulio Antamoro and Enrico Guazzoni, 1915-1916)

~ by Ivo Blom on June 26, 2014.

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