Wed

21/07

Cinema Jolly > 16:30

The Truth of Deception. Italian Film Fragments

Introduced by

Andrea Meneghelli

Piano accompaniment by

Antonio Coppola

A sneak peek at five restored films that play at hiding things from us. Not the least because the restorations themselves are based on prints that are incomplete to varying degrees. Our job as viewers is to fill in the gaps as we want. The giant in Il fenomenale amico di Polidor seems the fruit of a perceptual illusion. He shows up in a tiny old man’s house to wage a war of size. He was played by Battista Ugo, who was such a hit, along with his brother, at fairs and circuses that they ended up in Barnum & Bailey. Il falso conte De Latour is between square brackets because it is a made-up title: it is still unidentified at the moment. We are not the only ones not seeing clearly. There is a sickly old nobleman awaiting an operation to restore his sight. A phony count wanders about his house. There is suspicion that he is an impostor (or an informant, considering what he calls himself). Apparently lurking in the shadows is to his advantage: he kidnaps the surgeon and replaces him with one of his henchmen, who cuts just like Buñuel. The farce La zia di Carlo was a favourite Italian silent film for mysterious reasons (Pasquali shot a remake just two years later). The moral of the fragment: beauty is relative, you cannot control love (just as in the ending of Some Like It Hot). Finally, Emir cavallo da circo, a film about which many stories have been told, reveals all its secrets. The mythical ‘d’Ambra touch’ sets in motion a lively comedy combining circus shows, a detective story and equine intelligence. If you have ever wondered what horses dream, here is some work for psychoanalytic veterinarians. We rush to the ending with Robinet ha rubato cento lire, which opens with an impressive image: Robinet, already holding on to the stolen goods, runs down the busy street shot from a moving tram. Haunted by remorse (or fear), he does not get far.

Andrea Meneghelli

Projection
Info

Wednesday 21/07/2021
16:30

Subtitle

Original version with subtitles

Book

IL FENOMENALE AMICO DI POLIDOR

Director: Ferdinand Guillaume
Year: 1914
Country: Italia
Running time: 9'
Film Version

Italian intertitles with English subtitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

[IL FALSO CONTE DE LATOUR]

Year: 1914-15 ca
Country: Italia
Running time: 13'
Film Version

Italian intertitles with English subtitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

LA ZIA DI CARLO

Year: 1911
Country: Italia
Running time: 6'
Film Version

English intertitles with Italian subtitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

EMIR CAVALLO DA CIRCO

Director: Ivo Illuminati, Lucio d’Ambra
Year: 1917
Country: Italia
Running time: 34'
Film Version

Dutch intertitles with English subtitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021

ROBINET HA RUBATO CENTO LIRE

Year: 1911
Country: Italia
Running time: 3'
Film Version

Italian intertitles with English subtitles

Sound
Mute
Edition
2021