Second stop of this fascinating journey in the heart of cinema undertaken by Gli Spostati together with Tuscan directors, actors, screenwriters, photography directors, musicians, set and costume designers able to transfer the cultural and visual heritage made up of the history and tradition of their region into the cinematic language.
The review starts with a homage to Giorgio Albertazzi, a great theater actor occasionally employed in the cinema, an unforgettable protagonist of one of the masterpieces by Alain Resnais. Then it is the turn of Franco Zeffirelli, director, screenwriter, costume and set designer of international fame, together with the many times awarded costume maker Gabriella Pescucci. The protagonists of October are Paolo Virzì, one of the new masters of Italian comedy, together with his faithful screenwriter Francesco Bruni; Alessandro Benvenuti, actor, director and author – together with Ugo Chiti – of hilarious, strange and pungent comedies, that formed a lively group of Tuscan actors and a strong actress such as Laura Morante, recently moved to movie-making.
Sunday, September 4th, 4.00 p.m.
L’anno scorso a Marienbad
Projection of the movie by Alain Resnais (France – Italy 1961, 95’)
With Giorgio Albertazzi, Delphine Seyrig, Sacha Pitoëff
In a lavish and cold hotel in central Europe a persistent stranger, before her disquieting husband’s eyes, tries to persuade a young woman to maintain her promise, made a year before at Marienbad, to elope with him. It is the beginning for everybody of a memory journey, where past, present, reality and imagination intertwine without fully revealing themselves and where every question remains unanswered. In the empty halls and the geometric park of the hotel, the protagonists interact rigidly as statues, prisoners of appearance rather than of life. The “school of the gaze” by Alain Robbe-Grillet, through a cold black and white, turns into the elegant dreamlike universe by Alain Resnais, Leone d’oro at Venice.
Sunday, September 11th, 4.00 p.m.
Romeo and Juliet
Projection of the movie by Franco Zeffirelli (Italia-Gb 1968, 138’).
Script: Franco Brusati, Masolino D’Amico, Franco Zeffirelli. With Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey, Michael York, John McEnery.
The plot of the famous Shakespearean drama had countless film adaptations. Zeffirelli’s one originated from his successful theatrical version at the Old Vic in London (1960). The choice of teenager protagonists adds freshness and spontaneity to the narrative rhythm, very close to the original. The accuracy of the scenic design, of costumes (by Danilo Donati) and settings – the outdoor locations took place in several Italian cities – together with the wonderful photography by Pasqualino De Santis attracted two Oscars and two nominations, in addition to a huge international success.
Sunday, September 25th, 4.00 p.m.
Projection of the movie by Martin Scorsese (Usa 1993, 136’)
With Daniel-Day Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Alexis Smith, Geraldine Chaplin.
At the end of the eighteen hundreds in New York, a brilliant young and successful lawyer, engaged with a beautiful but conventional noble lady, falls in love with her cousin, a free and eccentric woman just back from Europe where she left her husband. In the contrast between the two women a puritanical and conventional society, ruled by rigid laws of classes crushing individual feelings and choices, especially female ones, emerges. The lawyer will become aware of the hypocrisy surrounding him, but it will be too late, notwithstanding love, to give a sense to his life. A powerful depiction by the great Italo-American master, from the book by Edith Wharton, enriched by the colours and shapes of the costumes by Gabriella Pescucci.
Sunday, October 2nd, 4.00 p.m.
La bella vita
Projection of the movie by Paolo Virzì (Italy 1994, 97’)
Script: Paolo Virzì, Francesco Bruni. With Sabrina Ferilli, Claudio Bigagli, Massimo Ghini, Emanuele Barresi.
In the mid-nineties at Piombino, where the relocation of a part of the steelworks is underway, a complicated love triangle occurs: the husband is a metalworker, depressed because he lost his job, the wife is a cashier at a supermarket and dreams of a better life, the lover is the “star” of a local tv Station. The movie is a sweet and sour comedy on proletarian transgression stemming from a social distress, analyzed and described with an anthropological care and interpreted with intelligence. Marking Virzì’s debut as a director, the film by the movie-maker from Livorno was awarded national prizes and the public’s love.
Sunday, October 16th, 4.00 p.m.
Ivo il tardivo
Projection of the movie by Alessandro Benvenuti (Italy 1995, 107’).
Script: Ugo Chiti, Alessandro Benvenuti, Nicola Zavagli; with Alessandro Benvenuti, Francesca Neri, Sandro Lombardi, Daniele Trambusti, Davide Bechini, Lucia Ragni.
The 40-year-old Ivo is a mentally retarded person who just came out of a mental institution and who lives alone in an isolated farmhouse in his hometown Castelnuovo dei Sabbioni. Every now and then he gets in trouble but he also is naturally talented and creates wonderful murals combining enigmas and painting, gladly admired by school groups. Though dazed, he falls in love with Sara, an analyst from a well-off family, who convinces him to enter a community where he will strike up friendships with “loonies” like him. In the strange and painful fable by Benvenuti and Chiti it is not easy to identify the “normal” people and the odd experience of a meek fool might help to determine everybody’s virtues and faults.
Sunday, October 23rd, 4.00 p.m.
Projection of the movie by Roberto Faenza (Italy-France 1997, 108’).
Script: Dacia Maraini. With Emmanuelle Laborit, Bernard Giraudeau, Laura Morante, Roberto Herlitzka, Philippe Noiret.
During the eighteenth century in Palermo the deaf and dumb thirteen-year-old Marianna, from an aristocratic family, is forced to get married with a wealthy relative, the elderly duke Pietro who makes her the mother of five children. Only many years later she will find out about the violence originating her disability. In the meantime, supported by the affection of her grandparents and mother and by the teachings of her foreign tutor, who opens up her mind to Enlightenment and to the quest for freedom, she will come to terms with her subordinate condition and find her way to emancipation.
From the beautiful novel by Dacia Maraini, reduced to a script, Faenza created a rich movie, nicely depicted by Delli Colli’s photography and by Donati’s settings and costumes, together with the convincing interpretations among which Laura Morante, though in a secondary role, stands out.
The Association Gli Spostati has in recent years collaborated with some public institutions (Comune di Firenze, Comune di Fiesole, Regione Toscana, Azienda Regionale per il Diritto allo studio) to discover spaces that are not cinematographic in a strict sense where to organize cultural initiatives and festivals (from the courtyard of Le Murate to the rooms and altana of the Biblioteca delle Oblate; from piazza SS.Annunziata to the Limonaia di Villa Strozzi, to the Museo Novecento). The Association partly recuperated the activities brought forth by the Cinema Altieri, combining them with the ordinary repertory schedule by way of thematic reviews aimed at university students, retrospectives and meetings with the authors, special projects for youngsters and elderly people, so as to keep and renovate the memory of cinema: a fundamental art of the twentieth century that still offers themes and stories to understand our times, contributing to give rise to fresh esthetical emotions.
The event is part of the program of Estate Fiorentina 2016.
Free access to the altana, while seats last. The entrance does not include the access to the museum.