Riccardo Freda

F : Rodolfo Lombardi M : Riccardo Freda. 35mm D : 10’ Col

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

While making Teodora, I also filmed my documentary on the Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna, which gave me the opportunity to admire the depictions of Theodora and Justinian. […] Aside from my personal interest, it was a complementary work, a way of understanding Byzantium. I have always loved frescoes, great paintings and mosaics. […] I’ve said it time and again, a director is a slave to a film format and the lens; a painter, on the other hand, is free. Abel Gance tried to free himself from format, and I understand his endeavors. What I think would be ideal is to change format, focal length and screen according to the shot. A vertical screen, for example, for filming a tower, and a horizontal one for a banquet.

Riccardo Freda in Eric Poindron, Riccardo Freda, un pirate à la caméra. Entretiens, Institut Lumière – Actes Sud, Arles 1994

Giuseppe Fatigati, the production man-ager of Teodora, appears as the director of the documentary.

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