Mario Soldati

Sog., Scen.: Cesare Zavattini, Mario Soldati, Diego Fabbri. Int.: Lauro Gazzolo (il postino), Giacinto Molteni (il signor Pietro), Laura Gore (la madre), Vito Annicchiarico (Vito), Amerigo Martufi (Ernesto). Prod.: Orbis-Centro Cattolico Cinematografico. 35mm. D.: 11’. Bn.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

The pilot episode for a never-completed series of shorts that was to have shown the Catholic catechism. Shot in 1945, it was rediscovered and screened publically only in 2003 by the CinIt (Cineforum Italiano). At the peak of the post-Resistance climate, the film’s three screenwriters were a Catholic (Diego Fabbri), a Communist (Zavattini) and a Socialist (Soldati). But aside from a surprisingly advanced for the time theological and pastoral vision, it is curious that in terms of setting and style the result is the closest thing to Neorealism in all of Soldati’s oeuvre. Among the children you can even spot Vito Annicchiarico, who plays Anna Magnani’s son in Rome Open City.

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