IL CINEMA RITROVATO 2020
FESTIVAL CATALOGUE | pp. 384
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AUGUSTO GENINA. THE PRICE OF BEAUTY
Curated by Mariann Lewinsky and Andrea Meneghelli | 2 Dvd + Booklet
Presented for the first time or in the most recent restorations, four films showcasing Augusto Genina’s genius and the extraordinary generation of actresses, between stardom and post-stardom, who lit up his silent films. Addio giovinezza! (1918): based on Camasio and Oxilia’s successful comedy, miraculously rediscovered, a film pulsating with spontaneity and the radiant presence of Maria Jacobini. La maschera e il volto (1919): a satirical and caustic comedy about marital and sexual mores. Unprecedented audacity. Addio giovinezza! (1927): a remake, but it seems like a century has gone by. Genina and his muse Carmen Boni set their sights on international film and create a splendid modern romantic comedy. Prix de beauté (1930): Genina’s crowning moment and farewell to silent film. Louise Brooks dazzles with all her aura of innocence and sensuality in a timeless European masterpiece. With essays by Mariann Lewinsky, Andrea Meneghelli, Paola Cristalli and Michele Canosa and six diva portraits by Vittorio Martinelli.
Every title from Fellini’s prodigious career is included in this systematic, in-depth study: twenty-three and a half films, from feature-lengths to shorts, from Luci del varietà (1950), the ‘half ’ co-directed with Alberto Lattuada, to La voce della luna (1990). Planned and researched by author Aldo Tassone over the course of a lifetime, this volume has now been published to celebrate the centenary of the director’s birth. It gathers together more than four decades of studies, research and intimate conversations with the director and his collaborators. Fellini 23 1⁄2 is an invitation to immerse yourself in the individual works of one of the most original and revered directors of the second half of the 20th century. It explores the genesis of each film, evoking their narrative drama and figurative power, and reconstructing, through the selection of a powerful body of reviews, the reactions of Italian, French and American critics, in a comprehensive, dialectical comparison of voices. Attention is also given to some projects that never came to fruition, such as Il viaggio di G. Mastorna and Viaggio a Tulum.