June 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Proud of Italian Cinema Heritage, something in Italy to be proud of aside, I always enjoy watching Italian films again and again and again. Every single time it is a better one. Italian independent films are so delicate and well acted and perfectly written and poetic and profound and nice that every time it is a new better experience. This is great cinema. When film starts one feels to be in front of something unique and special. Something time can not erase. Something unforgettable. A part of history. I have been thinking about Una giornata particolare by Ettore Scola which is really deep and insightful. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me think and reflect. Metaphorically speaking It will be evergreen forever because it constantly renews itself. This film which analyses Nazi-fascist period in Italy, racial laws and mistreatment against gay people, speaks about those issues between the lines. On the surface it talks about a fascist wife who realizes not only she is a mother and a housekeeper but also she is a person spending time with his neighbor who doesn’t attend a fascist parade in Rome City centre because he fights fascist regime. Some words between Sofia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni create an atmosphere which speaks for itself. We do not need to see fascist parade to understand such awful violence both woman and man are living. This film is so moving and sublime that it can absolutely be considered a masterpiece. This is not the case of films like Magnolia which I watched many years ago when it was awarded at Berlinale. Some years after I can state this film is a already old boring ridiculous film. It is so full of bad words which satisfy a teenager famine of shocking deliberately that I can not cope it. Julienne Moore aside, the rest is nothing. It is a pity to see that money is spent to leave nothing. This is a film really well-known with fantastic reputation. Nothing remains about period when it was shot. It just epitomises the lack of ability of writing and a worrying lack of topics to talk about. I strongly am convinced that It is not enough to speak about decay and decline to be an interesting and well-done film. Unfortunately some Europeans think that a film is a masterpiece just because it is American and it speaks about decay, due to their exoticism. I do not go along with them. I still think that Italian and French cinema can teach Hollywood writers how to write a film, don’t they?
June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Producing documentary films is something more than putting together some images. It is a way of doing research, to me. Documentarian film makers usually follows path a researcher does. First of all they look for a subject they are interested in. Secondly they put together things apparently have no point to be together. Thirdly they write down a proposal which combines such apparently different things. After that they develop those ideas following a path chosen to reply a answer author nurtures as the most important question related to the subject. That will be structure for any continuity. Developing both a research and a documentary film one should ask herself or himself Am I answering my main question interviewing those people or would be better to speak to those others? I am convinced a documentarian with a relevant experience is part of the academic environment even if she or he is not actually working with Universities. Universities should give value to documentarian film makers in order to support and make documentarian people recognized as much as they deserve. For instance I had the pleasure of speaking of my experience as a documentarian to IJEP and I felt significantly recognized and listened. I felt as if I finally were part of my environment I have been always been with, which is the most committed to explore and talk about subjects just a University can develop. Here is the link to buy my IJEP Interview.
Interview with Movie Producer and Director Andrée Rossi Maroso on the Use of the Internet to Support Her Artistic and Political Work
Celia Romm Livermore (Wayne State University, USA)
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