I VINTI – Episodio inglese

Michelangelo Antonioni

Sog.: Michelangelo Antonioni, Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Diego Fabbri, Turi Vasile. Scen.: Suso Cecchi d’Amico, Michelangelo Antonioni, Giorgio Bassani. F.: Enzo Serafin. M.: Eraldo Da Roma. Scgf.: Gianni Polidori, Roland Berthon. Mus.: Giovanni Fusco. Int.: Peter Reynolds (Aubrey Allan), Patrick Barr (Ken Watton), Fay Compton (Mrs. Pinkerton), Eileen Moore (Sally). Prod.: Film Costellazione. DCP. D.: 36’. 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

One of my favourites among the films I made with Antonioni is the English episode of I vinti. We spent a lot of time in England. The film was supposed to be a series of stories about young people, entirely based on real events. Diego Fabbri let it be known that we could get some sort of support from the United Nations… Later – before we shot the Italian episode, which was changed so much that it is no longer clear what the episode is supposed to be – it emerged that what Fabbri had told us was completely untrue. Furthermore, because the characters were so recognisable, the film could not be released in France, for example, because you cannot deal with the legal travails of minors; it is against the law, and we had worked entirely with real events… It was only released in England because our friend, the character whose story we recounted in the film, was sentenced to death… And so, legally, we could release it. The English episode remains wonderful. Antonioni is so intelligent and precise.

Suso Cecchi d’Amico, in L’avventurosa storia del cinema italiano. Da Ladri di biciclette a La grande guerra, Vol. 2, edited by Franca Faldini and Goffredo Fofi, Edizioni Cineteca di Bologna, Bologna 2011

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