Under the skin: The Cinema of Bill Morrison

Programme curated by Alina Marazzi

Documents and Documentaries

For several years, Il Cinema Ritrovato programme has included a new section bringing together recent documentaries with forgotten historic ones. Among these is Salesman, a classic in the history of the documentary and direct cinema, which follows a group of door-to-door bible salesmen. Among the new documentaries is Becoming Cary Grant, a fascinating reconstruction of the private and professional life of the movie star who had more charm than any other in the history of film.

Programme curated by Gian Luca Farinelli

Keaton Project

In the enclosed setting of a backyard, two families detest each other, two young people love each other, divided by a fence. An intimate, captivating Keatonesque retelling of Romeo and Juliet, Neighbors is the first, chronologically speaking, of three newly restored films to be premiered by the Keaton Project. No less enticing, the tour de force of misunderstandings, mistaken identity and escapes in The Goat (1921), the first official collaboration with Mal St. Clair. The sensational boxer-Keaton in Battling Butler is at the center of the last feature film made for MGM. A special programme will be dedicated to the long, pioneering television presence of Keaton between the 1940s and 1950s. The Keaton Project, started in 2015, is promoted by Cineteca di Bologna and by the Cohen Film Collection.

Programme curated by Cecilia Cenciarelli 


1897. Year Two of Cinemathography

2016 was the year of Lumière for Il Cinema Ritrovato. But Lumière will be with us for many more to come…The bad news of the fire in the Bazar de la Charité was eclipsed by the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, and Cinematography came in many shapes and technologies in 1897. Lumière opérateur Constant Girel spent the year in Japan, Alexandre Promio travelled from Tunisia via Egypt and Palestine to Constantinople. Unscreened prints from the legendary Laboratory Boyer of Promio’s vues, an original programme of Joly-Normandin films as screened in 1897 and a sneak preview of the newest restorations of large format films are among the highlights of the section.

Programme curated by Mariann Lewinsky


A Hundred Years ago: 50 films of 1917 in 35mm

The section deals with one of the most horrible years in world history. The ongoing war and the revolutions in Russia reduced the quantity of movies produced, but not their quality. You can expect to discover among some fifty films, documentaries, fragments and animation films such masterful works like Protazanov’s Blood Need Not Be Spilled, starring Ivan Mosjoukine, amazing actresses like Maria Orska, Pola Negri and Pauline Starke and popular idols like Gunnar Tolnæs. Follow the sessions on Gender Bender in the French army, on Beauty and Set Design in Italian film and expressionistic visual research avant la lettre.

Programme curated by Karl Wratschko and Mariann Lewinsky


Colette and Cinema

Colette was not only a writer, mime, actress and monumental figure of French literature. Her activities in the field of cinema were manifold and intense. The critics of Abel Gance’s Mater dolorosa and Itto by Marie Epstein and Jean Benoît-Lévy reveal the formidable eye of a film director. She admired Mae West in She Done Him Wrong, adapted Lac aux dames for Marc Allégret, wrote the French subtitles of Mädchen in Uniform, the screenplay Divine for Max Ophüls and the dialogues for the first film version of Gigi by Jacqueline Audry. The programme leads to the discovery of a French cinema written, shot or produced by women such as Simone Berriau, Solange Térac, Yannick Bellon and Musidora, Colette’s lifelong friend.

Programme curated by Mariann Lewinsky and Emilie Cauquy