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Noi credevamo, We once believed special screening on RAI

by Marianne Wi

Noi credevamo, We Once Beleived directed by Mario Martone will be shown on RAI TV this very September 2011 over two evenings. I always thought this very long film should have gone straight to DVD or be shown on TV in its full glory of 3 hours and 24 minutes, I hope Martone will reinstate the 34 minutes he cut from the cinema version, that might improve the general state of the editing. Once shown on RAI it is very likely to be passed to the ”on demand” section which can be seen all over the world. I shall keep them peeled for you.


Marco Bellocchio to receive Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

by Marianne Wi
Marco Bellocchio will be receiving the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, at this years 68th Venice International Film Festival running from the 31st August to the 10th September 2011. I am sure he is delighted with this news in particular after his latest film “Sorelle Mai”, “Sisters Mai” flopped despite receiving an enormous amount of publicity, the public voted with their feet or rather with their bums lacking on seats. Marco Bellocchio was born on the 9th November 1939 in Bobbio, Northern Italy where he grew up, later moving to Milan studying philosophy, a study that was never finished.
Bellocchio’s film ” Pugni in tasca”, “Fists in the Pocket” was funded by his family and a mortgage on their home, it was released in 1965 and became a huge success, he followed this by directing a number of exciting films:
  • I Pugni in tasca, A Fist in the Pocket   1965
  • La Cina e vicina, China is Near   1967
  • Nel nome del padre, In the Name of the Father   1972
  • Marcia trionfale, Victory March   1976
  • Pianeta Venere, Planet Venus    1977
  • Il gabbiano, The Seagull   1977
  • Salto nel vuoto, A Leap in the Dark   1980
  • Vacanze in Val Trebbia, Vacation in Val Tribbia   1980
  • La condanna, The Conviction   1991
  • La visione del Sabba, The Witches’ Sabbath   1988
  • Diavolo in corpo, Devil in the Flesh   1986
  • Enrico IV , Henry the IV   1984
  • Gli occhi, la bocca,The Eyes, the Mouth    1982
  • Il sogno della farfalla, Broken Dreams    1994
  • Il principe di Homburg, The Prince of Homburg   1997
  • La balia, The Nanny   1999
  • L’ora di religione (Il sorriso di mia madre), My Mother’s Smile   2002
  • Buongiorno, notte, Good Morning, night   2003
  • Radio West   2004
  • Il registra di matrimoni, The Wedding Director   2006
  • Vincere   2009
  • Sorelle Mai, Sisters Mai   2010
Films not only impressive but also versatile covering many subjects, Bellocchio is a great film maker, who will not only receive the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, they will also show a director’s cut of the film “Nel nome del padre”, “In the Name of the Father” (1972) which will be shorter than the original by 25 minutes, unusual in its self I think you will agree, it would appear that he never really felt happy with this film, originally released lasting 115 minutes, cut to 107 minutes when it went Stateside, cut further when shown in Europe to 107 minutes, only now to be cut to 90 minutes, it has haunted this poor director for the past 40 years …Thank God Bellocchio will be able to set the record streight.
What are the future projects in the pipeline for Marco Bellocchio? Well, his next film currently in pre-production and due to be released later this year  “Lacrime”, “Tears” with a working title of “La monaca di Bobbio”, “The Nun from Bobbio” based on a true story from the seventeenth century, a noble woman is forced by her father to become a Nun, a life she is not taking to with ease, having a numerous lovers, very un-nun like behavior ending in murder and imprisonment. Enter our young priest with a tough decision to make, leave her to rot in prison or let her out, as decisions go they do not get much tougher. The rumours are rife but the information on the net is sketchy about this film however it is thought to be featuring Maya Sansa with whom he has worked before, I for one is looking forward to more information .

Bernardo Bertolucci to receive an award at Cannes.

by Marianne Wi

Bernardo Bertolucci is one of my top ten Italian Directors, a living legend still making films today. He is currently in London where his films are being shown in retrospect. Few of Italy’s current film directors are as famous and esteemed as Bertolucci both home and abroad.

The honorary Palme d’Or will be presented on the 11th May 2011 during the Opening Ceremony of the 64th edition of the Festival. Bertolucci is only the third Director to be awarded this prestigious statute, the first was Woody Allen back in 2002 followed by Clint Eastwood in 2009. Robert di Niro, who stared in Bertolucci’s film Novecento, 1900 will be present at the ceremony, he is this years Top Dog among the Judges. For more information on Bertolucci read on: Bernardo Bertolucci takes on London 06.04.2011

Watch a clip for “The Last Tango in Paris” here


Enzo (Vincenzo) Cannavale has died in Naples

by Marianne Wi

Cannavale has died in Naples aged 82, he clocked up 109 films as an actor between 1949 and 2011, he  was very well-known in his native Italy and much-loved in Naples, where he lived all his life. Cannavale stared as Spaccafico in the Oscar-winning film Cinema Paradiso properly his best performance; although a prolific actor he received only one award, the Silver Ribbon for Best Supporting Actor in the film “32 December”  in 1988, he was nominated again in 1990 again for Supporting Actor in the film “La Casa del sorriso”.



Subtitles are important !

by Marianne Wi

In Italy all films and programmes are dubbed, it is extremely rare to watch a film on TV or in the cinema with subtitles. I really wish this was not so, watching Brad Pitt speaking with a high pitch voice in one film and a deep tenor in another is distracting to say the least. Living here now, as I am lucky enough to do full-time, I have had to forgo the joy of watching an American or English film unless the actors are unknown to me. I did recently catch up with the much acclaimed “The King’s Speech” starring the now BAFTA and Oscar winner Colin Firth, I am reluctant to admit that after a certain length of time, I did forget that it was not Colin Firth speaking and the speech did often match the movement of his mouth….. Using the term “often’’ loosely.

My pet hate has always been the careless way Italian filmmakers slap on subtitles more and less as an afterthought once the film has been produced. While living in London I often walked out mid film if the subtitles were too offensive. One such example was Romanzo Criminale, A Criminal Novel directed by Michele Placido, in fact I walked out with Placido and I returned for the Q&A with him, I was informed that as a director he was not responsible for the subtitles HA X 2 I am sure if he made enough fuss, something would be done.

I have had many discussions with Directors and Producers about this subject; I have indeed written numerous letters to Cinecitta Luce, Medusa, 01 Distribution, Rai  and Iris trying to encourage good subtitling, is the Italian Film Industry taking any notice of Primociak? No is the answer  NOT YET.

The film La Vita e bella, Life is beautiful has perfect subtitles, not a trace of slang made it onto our screens, it won Roberto Benigni 3 Oscars, cinema gold those moments in Hollywood, with Roberto on the chair….. had me wiping away tears of joy,  his follow-up apology for running out of English when he won best Actor ( first foreign actor ever to do that ), as he had not planned 3 speeches was cute too.

Perhaps all producers should sit and read a few films before actually producing any, if I worked for a film festival and was sent hundreds of films to watch; it would hit the “return to sender” box after 10 minutes if I was struggling to understand the subtitles. The biggest mistake are films made with Italian actors who speak in a local accent such as Romanzo Criminale, the gang spoke in a strong roman accent throughout, in an attempt to pass that across to the foreign viewers, we were treated to gimmi, gonna, gotta, cos’of, dammi, lemmi and other London slang, we had to sit for nearly 2 hours READING a London accent just because the gang spoke Roman….Does that makes sense to you?

La vita e bella , Life is beautiful; I would like to think 100% perfect subtitles played some small part in making this film such a great success outside Italy.

Three clips for you from Italy’s biggest Oscar success ever, that is what I call generous. The 3rd Oscar was for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score by Nicola Piovani  ( I was not able to find a clip from this without the whole run up.)


Il primo giorno d’inverno, The First day of Winter

by Marianne Wi

Directed by Mirko Locatelli, this full length film is his first, a courages attempt with a difficult subject. Locatelli  is a director who does not go for the easy option, he is not known in Italy and as all Independent Film-makers has found it a struggle to get this charming film released nationwide. It has been shown at film festivals in Italy and also appeared at festivals in the Czech Republic, Denmark and France, it was recently shown on-line on . Sending love to the good people of mymovies.

Cast:  Mattia De Gasperis,  Michela Cova,  Andrea Semeghini, Teresa Patrignani,  Alberto Gerundo, Giseppe Cederna,

Trailer: I do not normally find the need to comment on trailers however I do find this one annoying and misleading. For 1 minute and 29 seconds a man walks along corridors interrupted only by unknown names appearing on the screen, it would not have made me rush out to the local cinema handing over  10 to 15 pounds, dollars or Euros. The trailer does not give any indication as to what the film is about.

Best moment: Michela baptising her pet rabbit with holy water from a Madonna statue. The final scene where Valerio asked for help at last.

Worst moment: Valerio spends time with Michela starting his bike (never actually driving off) cuts without warning to a scene where the family are cleaning out  the grand mothers room after her death, certainly some editing issues.

Synopsis: Valerio is a loner living with his mother and younger sister in a male-less family unit, outside what appear to be a small Italian village.  It becomes clear early in the film the he may be gay or that there will be gay issues (leaving the cap on the tooth-brush may be an accident or a deliberate clue) he is being bullied a very competitive sports environment. Valerio spies on his contemporaries and see  on one occasion a gay sexual encounter between two of his male school friends, the story follow his empowerment and growths from being a weak loner to being a bully with increasing demands of the two culprits. There are little conversation in this film, the swimming coach being the most vocal , he was also the most authoritative male in the film.

As with these stories there can only ever be one end and I was expecting a violate blood bath Tarantino style ever time he turned a corner, while walking through the long white corridors . I misunderstood the end of the film as I thought Daniele was unconscious, he was quite clearly helping Valerio getting  out of the water.  Valerios cry for help although late was touching, it was not before  the chat-room afterwards with Locantelli that it was made clear that Daniele was dead. It is a really good effort from this first time Director, it is now out on DVD so do check it out, the trailer does not do it justice.


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