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Mo MA PR ES EN TS FI VE IT AL IA NF IL MC LA SSI
MoMA PRESENTS FIVE ITALIAN FILM CLASSICS,
RECENTLY ACQUIRED FOR ITS COLLECTION
New Acquisitions from Mediaset: More Italian Film Classics
Ap ri l 16– 23 , 2 00 2
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1
NE W YO RK , April 12 , 20 02 – T he M use um of M od ern A rt ha s acq uired five n ew ly re store d Ita lian films, wh ich it
will scre en in a p ublic prog ra m o f eig ht classic title s fro m A pril 16 to A pril 23 , 200 2. T he acquisitions a re th e result
of a n ong oing co llabo ra tio n with Italian b roa dcast a nd me dia com pa ny Me diaset an d its restoration p rog ra m,
Cine ma Fo re ver. Th is e xhibitio n wa s o rg anize d by Ma ry Le a Ban dy, C hief Cu ra tor, De partment o f Film and M ed ia,
an d An ton io Mo nd a, professor of cin ema , New Y ork U niversity.
Th e re latio nsh ip w ith Me diaset co mme nced with a su ccessfu l joint ve nture in 199 9, in w hich Mo MA
expa nd ed its colle ction with ten ne wly restored Italia n cla ssics d ating from 1 950 to 1 96 4. Since 1 99 5, Me diaset’s
Cine ma Fo re ver—R estored Ma sterpie ce s o f th e C in ema p ro gram ha s b ee n respo nsible for the re stora tion of
se ve ra l films in its libra ry, inclu din g Pier Pa olo Pa so lini’s Mamma Ro ma (1 96 2), R ob erto Ro ssellin i’s Fran ce sco
giulla re di Dio (Fran cis, Go d’s Jester) (1 95 0), a nd Vittorio De Sica ’s Um be rto D . (1 95 2). Th e pictu re s in th e curren t
se ries, mad e in th e 1 95 0s an d 196 0s by the grea t Ita lian directo rs of that e ra , includ e Fe derico Fe llin i’s I vitelloni
(1 95 3) an d Giulie tta de gli sp iriti (Ju liet of the Sp irits) (1 96 5), An to nio Pietra nge li’s A du a e le co mp ag ne (Lo ve à la
Ca rte) (1 96 0), Be rn ardo Be rtolucci’s La co mm are se cca (Th e Grim Re ape r) (1 96 2), a nd Alessa ndro Bla se tti’s lo io
io ...e gli atri (Me , Me , M e … a nd the Others) (1 96 6). Alon g with the se a cqu isition s, th e Dep artment w ill p re sen t a
sp ecia l screen in g of th e resto red film, La ciocia ra (Tw o Wo men ) (1 96 1), d ire cted by D e Sica a nd starring So ph ia
Lo re n, an d two films from th e 199 9 acq uisitio n: Un ma le de tto imb ro glio (Th e Fa cts o f M urde r) (1 95 9), d irected b y
an d starrin g Pietro Ge rmi a nd De se rto ro sso (Re d Desert) (19 64 ), directe d by Miche la ng elo An to nioni a nd starring
Mo nica Vitti w ith Richa rd Ha rris.
“T he Italia n cin em a o f the 1 95 0s an d 1 96 0s is a trea su re ch est o f cin em atic wo nde r,” says Ms. B and y. “I
ca nn ot imag ine future g ene ra tions n ot ha ving th e o pp ortun ity to study a nd ap preciate the a rt an d b ea uty o f the se
films as I and cou ntless o th ers h ave.”
Th e Cinem a Forever re stora tion wo rk ha s be en ca rried o ut with th e particip atio n o f the A ssociazion e Am ici
di Vittorio De Sica , the F ond azio ne Fe llini, and in colla boration w ith the Fo nd azion e Scu ola Nazio nale di Cine ma,
Ro me . Re storation wa s su pervised b y Vin ce nzo V erzin i (a film te ch nicia n kno wn affe ction ately throug ho ut th e Ita lian
film indu stry as “little G io tto” fo r h is e xpe rtise a nd de vo tio n to his cra ft), wh o worke d on th e o riginal p rod uctions. The
De pa rtmen t of Film an d Med ia is g ra teful to the se expe rts a nd to F ede le Co nfalion ie ri, Cha irm an , Me diaset Group ,
fo r re sto ring an d makin g the se films a va ilable to au diences in n ew , sub title d prints. Th e acq uisitio n of th ese five
Italia n cla ssics was ma de po ssible by th e gen erosity o f the Film a nd Me dia T ru ste e Com mittee.
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New Acquisitions from Mediaset: More Italian Film Classics Screening Schedule
Tu es da y, Ap ril 1 6
2: 30
I vite llo ni. 19 53 . Ita ly. D irected b y F ed erico F ellin i. Written b y Fellini an d Enn io Flaian o. With F ran co
In te rleng hi, Albe rto S ord i, a nd Franco Fa brizi. A t first g lan ce a lo osely con necte d serie s o f ske tche s a bo ut
five youn g loa fe rs, I vitelloni soo n reson ate s as an a lle go rical tale o f the p assag e out o f careless
ad olescen ce , set in a w orld at time s d re am ily susp en de d. As with the ca rniva l, th e circu s, an d his p ro vin ce
by the se a, Fe llin i w ou ld imag ina tively ye t p re cisely re-create th is pa rticu la r u niverse thro ug hou t his career,
blurring th e rea lity an d m yths of the Italian characte rs th at we re his lifelon g o bsessio n. In Italia n with
En glish sub title s. 10 3 min .
6: 00
Io , io , io . . . e g li altri. 1 96 6. Italy. Dire cte d by Alessan dro B la se tti. Written by B lasetti an d oth ers. With
Wa lter Ch ia ri, M arcello Ma stro ian ni, N in o Man fredi, Vitto rio D e Sica, G ina L ollob rigid a, a nd Silva na
Ma ng an o. Ch iari po rtrays a jou rna list wh o, in variou s episo des, su rve ys th e co med y and h ea rtlessne ss o f
everyd ay mo dern Italian life , fro m sex a nd po litics to th e cin em a. Co llectively, th e ske tches skew m orals
an d ou tsize eg os to g ive a n in cisive p ortrait o f a cou ntry enjoyin g a n eco no mic b oo m a nd o f the
acco mp anyin g sup erficia l socie ty of th e mid-1 96 0s. In Ita lian with En glish sub title s. 10 7 min .
Th ursd ay, A pril 18
2: 30
Giulie tta de gli sp iriti (Ju liet of the Sp irits ). 19 65 . Ita ly. D irected b y F ed erico F ellin i. Scre en pla y by Fe llini,
En nio F la ia no, T ullio P ine lli, an d Bru ne llo R on di. With G iu lie tta M asin a, Ma rio P isu, Sa ndra Milo, a nd
Va le ntina C ortese. Th e directo r a nd cine ma tog ra phe r, p rop osing tha t colors cou ld te ll th is story b ette r tha n
imag es or w ord s, a sto nishe d au die nces by the au dacity and rich ne ss of the co lo r p alette of th is classic. Th e
film is a lso a n un aba sh ed va le ntine to M asina , Fellini’s be loved w ife , who h ad ch allen ge d his view o f the
fe minine with he r equ ally un fo rge ttable in terpreta tion of h er ro le s in La Stra da (19 54 ) a nd Th e Nights of
Ca biria (19 57 ). In Italia n w ith E ng lish su btitles. 1 32 min.
Frid ay , A pril 19
2: 30
Ad ua e le c omp ag ne (Lo ve à la ca rte). 1 96 0. Italy. Dire cte d by An to nio P ietra ng eli. Written by P ietra ng eli,
Ru gg ero M accari, E tto re Scola, an d Tullio Pin elli. With S imone S ig noret, S an dra M ilo, Em ma nue lle R iva,
an d Ma rce llo M astroia nn i. In this film, Pietran geli an d cin ema to graph er Arma nd o Na nn uzzi co lla bo ra ted to
crea te a visua lly layered na rrative in b la ck an d w hite ab ou t A du a (Sign ore t) a nd he r fello w p ro stitu te s.
Th irty-eigh t yea rs la te r, Na nn uzzi worke d with Vin ce nzo V erzin i to re store the da zzlin g wh ite a nd de ep
blacks of the orig ina l film an d to exten sively cle an the so und tra ck, w hich re tains th e rich atmosph ere o f the
ba ckgroun d sou nd . In Italian w ith E nglish sub title s. 1 22 min.
6: 00
La cioc ia ra (Tw o Wo men ). 1 96 1. Italy. Dire cte d by Vittorio De Sica . Writte n by Ce sa re Za va ttini, a da pted
from the no vel b y Alb erto Mo ra via . With So phia Loren , Ele on ora B ro wn, Jean -P au l B elmon do , and R af
Va llon e. In 19 60 D e S ica a da pted Mo ravia ’s 19 58 no ve l La cio cia ra , ab ou t the esca pe of a yo un g wid ow
an d he r d au ghter from G erman -o ccu pied Ro me ju st be fo re th e Allie d lib eration in 1 94 3. Th e terrible
co nseq uen ce s o f th eir flig ht w ere filmed in b la ck an d white with D e S ica’s sig nature n atural precision an d
se nse of in tim ate detail. Lo re n infuse d th e role w ith passion an d gra ce , e arning Be st Actress a t the
Acad em y A wa rds a nd th e Can ne s Film Festiva l. In Italia n w ith E ng lish su btitles. 1 10 min.
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Sa tu rd ay, A pril 20
2: 00
Io , io , io . . . e g li altri.
5: 00
Ad ua e le co mp ag ne (Lo ve à la ca rte).
Su nd ay , A pril 21
2: 00
Giulie tta de gli sp iriti (Ju liet of the Sp irits ).
5: 00
La co mmare se cc a (Th e Grim Re ape r). 1 96 2. Italy. Dire cte d by Be rn ardo Be rtolucci. Writte n b y Be rtolucci
an d Se rgio Citti. With F ran ce sco Ru iu , Gian ca rlo D e Ro sa, a nd Vincen zo Ciccora. Ad ap tin g a sto ry by P ier
Pa olo Pa so lini ab out the mu rd er of a prostitute, Be rtolucci cre ated a Ra sh om on-like structure to give th e
po in t of view of e ach characte r. Th e p ro stitu te , a thief, h is girlfrien d, an d vario us su sp ects tell th eir storie s in
th eir own w ays, na rra ting a no rma l day in which th e crime is b ut o ne mo men t am ong o the rs. In Ita lia n with
En glish sub title s. 10 0 min.
Mo nd ay , A pril 22
2: 30
De se rto ro ss o (Re d De sert). 1 96 4. Italy. Dire cte d by Mich ela ng elo An to nioni. Written by An to nioni a nd
To nino Gu erra . With M onica Vitti, Rich ard H arris, and C arlo Ch io ne tti. An to nioni’s first color film p rop elled
th e directo r a nd cine ma tog ra ph er in to eigh t m on ths o f tests an d fo ur mo nth s of sh oo tin g in Ra ve nn a to
crea te a ne ver-e nd ing tran sformatio n o f co lor. The film e xp lores the re latio nship b etw ee n the n atu ra l
co un tryside an d a hig hly ind ustrialize d to wn th rou gh the eyes of a ne urotic wo man (Vitti), for wh om e very
ch ro ma tic tone b ecome s an an gu ish ed , e mo tiona l sig na l. In Ita lia n with En glish su btitles. 12 0 min.
6: 00
I vite lloni.
Tu es da y, Ap ril 2 3
2: 30
La co mmare se cc a (Th e Grim Re ape r).
6: 00
Un ma le de tto imb ro glio (Th e Fa cts o f M urde r). 1 95 9. Italy. Dire cte d by Pietro Ge rmi. Written b y Ge rmi,
Alfred o Gian ne tti, and En nio De Co ncin i. Ba sed o n the n ove l Qu er pa sticcia ccio brutto de via Me ru la na b y
Ca rlo Em ilio Ga dd a. With Ge rmi, Clau dia Ca rd in ale , an d Eleo no ra R ossi Drag o. Ge rmi sta rs in o ne of the
mo st successfu l an d p op ula r po lice films e ver m ade in Ita ly, p la ying an irascible , solitary p olice ma n. Th e
film satirizes the clichés o f the b umb ling Italian law man yet re ve als an ind ign ation tow ard crim e an d the
pa in it cau ses. In Ita lia n with En glish su btitles. 11 1 min.
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