28 August – 24 October 2015
The sign of Tuscany
Screening program curated by Gli Spostati
Discarding the by now abused thought of considering Tuscany only as an artistic and natural set for film productions, The sign of Tuscany brings up the work of directors, scriptwriters, directors of photography, musicians, scenographers, costume designers and actors who, starting from their being Tuscan by birth and training, have been able to draw from this extraordinary artistic culture and to pour it into the cinema. The screening program pays tribute to directors like Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Mario Monicelli, Mauro Bolognini; but also to costume and set designers like Piero Tosi, Flavio Mogherini, Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni; to directors of photography as Luciano Tovoli; to actors as Claudio Bigagli, Paolo Hendel, David Riondino, Renato Salvatori, Folco Lulli, Stefania Sandrelli.
Friday, August 28, h 9.00 pm
La note di San Lorenzo (The Night of the Shooting Stars)
A film directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.
Italy 1982 – colors – 105’
Costumes by Lina Nerli Taviani; with Omero Antonutti, Margarita Lozano, Claudio Bigagli, Paolo Hendel, David Riondino
Set in the Tuscan countryside in a small village near San Miniato, the birthplace of the Taviani brothers, during August 1944, The Night of the Shooting Stars chronicles the efforts of a group of diverse townspeople who set out to meet the advancing Allied forces as they seek refuge from Nazi atrocities. With the tone of a fairytale told to children, personal memories and collective memory, chronicle and fantasy merge to return the vibration of the epic History.
The film won the Jury’s Special Grand Prix of the Cannes Film Festival in 1982.
Friday, September 4, h 9.00 pm
I compagni (The Organizer)
A film directed by Mario Monicelli
Italy – France – Yugoslavia – 1963 – 128’
Costumes by Piero Tosi; with Marcello Mastroianni, Renato Salvatori, Folco Lulli, Annie Girardot, François Perier, Bernard Blier
In turn-of-the-twentieth-century Turin, an accident in a textile factory incites workers to stage a walkout. But it is not until they receive unexpected aid from a traveling professor (Marcello Mastroianni) that they find their voice, unite, and stand up for themselves. This historical drama by Mario Monicelli, brimming with humor and honesty, is a beautiful and moving ode to the power of the people, and features engaging, naturalistic performances.
Silver ribbon 1964 to Folco Lulli (the best actor).
Friday, September 25, h 9.00 pm
La viaccia (The Lovemakers)
A film directed by Mauro Bolognini
Italiy-France 1961 – bn – 100’
Plot: Mario Pratesi; script: Vasco Pratolini; cinematography: Flavio Mogherini; costumes: Piero Tosi; production: Alfredo Bini; with Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Pietro Germi, Gabriella Pallotta, Romolo Valli
A naturalistic tale of money-obsessed peasants and whores. After the death of a wealthy patriarch in 1885 each of his family struggle to gain power over their estate. Only Amerigo (Belmondo) holds tightly to his share of the land before falling in love with a prostitute and disgracing his family. The director Bolognini, assisted in the script by the Florentine Vasco Pratolini, drew inspiration from Mario Pratesi’s novel L’eredità (inheritance) (1889) and created an engaging film of great stylistic elegance.
Silver ribbon 1962 to Flavio Mogherini (scenes) and Piero Tosi (costumes)
Saturday, October 3, h 3.30 pm
Io la conoscevo bene (I Knew Her Well)
A film directed by Antonio Pietrangeli
Italy-France-Rft 1965 – black-and-white – 115’
With Stefania Sandrelli, Nino Manfredi, Ugo Tognazzi, Franco Fabrizi.
The naïve and beautiful countryside girl, Adriana, dreams of a career as a star in Rome. She moves from Pistoia to Rome and she tries her best to socialize and befriend people, but the results are most disappointing and frustrating – people just ignore her, use her, make fun of her, exploit her body and her good intentions. Nobody is taking her seriously and this indifference will kill her. Along with Ugo Tognazzi, Stefania Sandrelli, still a teenager, performs in an amazingly mature and confident way.
Saturday, October 24, h 3.30 pm
Il deserto dei tartari (The Desert of the Tartars)
A film directed by Valerio Zurlini
Italy-France-Rft 1976 – color – 147’
Photography: Luciano Tovoli; cinematography and costumes: Giancarlo Bartolini Salimbeni; with Jacques Perrin, Vittorio Gassman, Giuliano Gemma, Philippe Noiret
The film tells the story of a young officer, Giovanni Drogo (Jacques Perrin), and the time that he spends guarding the Bastiani Fortress, an old, unmaintained border fortress seated in a desert area. The days go by punctuated by the strict rules of military regulations, in a futile waiting for an invisible enemy. Zurlini has translated the charm of Dino Buzzati’s surreal novel (1940) in a more concrete historical setting; the film is particularly noted for its photography by Luciano Tovoli, the lighting and cinematography, and the psychological questions it raises.
The screening program The Sign of Tuscany is part of the Estate Fiorentina 2015.
Free entrance while seats last without access to the collection of the Museo Novecento.