a decade of Italian filmmaking

movies screened in 35mm film


event organised in conjunction with the

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - Cineteca Nazionale


The 1970s were a crucial time of transition for Italy; between the thrust towards innovation and a reversion into violence, they left a permanent mark on our identity, helping in many ways to shake off the old and ring in the new.  It was a time of violent clashes and of unprecedented cruelty, but also a time of participation and of sharing.  Kids in the 'seventies went to rallies and marches, to concerts and the cinema en masse.  They piled into the cinema theatres, seeking new content and stimulus for debate.  The season was dominated by great film directors:  Antonioni, Fellini, Pasolini, Visconti, Petri, Monicelli and Bertolucci were the geniuses who interpreted the decade, using their poetic vision to translate it into powerful and prophetic images.  The success of the era's films can be gauged not only by the effort put into them by great directors, or even by a number of surprising newcomers such as Dario Argento or Nanni Moretti, but also by the development of uniquely Italian genres:  thrillers, from Bava down; westerns by that giant of a man and movie director Sergio Leone; trend-setting detective films by Di Leo and Damiani; comedy, an Italian product if ever there was one, pushed to grotesque excess by such masters as Risi, Germi and Scola, or seasoned with piquant sauciness.  But lording it over the decade was a bevy of stunning actors who were the envy of the film industry worldwide:  Volonté, Giannini, Sordi, Vitti, Gassman, Mangano, Manfredi and Mastroianni.  This exciting retrospective takes a panoramic look at a unique season in Italian filmmaking, possibly the last to have been so successful and so rich in talent.  A lot of the 'seventies' creative energy was soon to abate, couched in the cotton wool of the following decade... and not only in the film industry.


Palazzo delle Esposizioni - Sala Cinema
Admission via steps in via Milano 9a, Rome
Reservations may be made by membership card holders only

Dal: 18/12/2013
Al: 06/02/2014

18/12/2013 21:00
Amore e rabbia. Vangelo '70 (Love and Anger) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Carlo Lizzani, Bernardo Bertolucci, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jean-Luc Godard and Marco Bellocchio. 1969, 100 min.
This astonishing product of the 1968 student uprising gives us a foretaste of the unrest that was to mark the next decade, its five episodes recounting five parables from the Gospels in a modern socio-political vein irreverently revisited by five masters of the cinema.


19/12/2013 21:00
Zabriskie Point - Cinema
admission free

directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. 1970, 110 min., original version in English with Italian subtitles
Antonioni explores the protest of the younger generation and the alienation inherent in consumer society, focusing his poetic yet disenchanted lens on the solitude of mankind with such memorable, dreamlike moments as the final explosion set to the music of Pink Floyd.


20/12/2013 21:00
Lettera aperta a un giornale della sera (Open Letter to the Evening News) - Cinema
ingresso libero

directed by Francesco Maselli. 1970, 95 min.
A group of communist intellectuals decides to put paid to the monotony of life by volunteering to defend Vietnam against the US invasion.  This dense, piercing and radical movie denounces the demise of revolutionary zeal.


21/12/2013 21:00
Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Elio Petri. 1970, 112 min.
Released only weeks after the terrorist bomb in Piazza Fontana, this monumental film heralds the turmoil of the nascent decade, its authoritarian distortions superbly rendered by Gian Maria Volonté.  It won both the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and the Special Grand Prix du Jury in Cannes.


22/12/2013 21:00
L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Dario Argento. 1970, 96 min.
Dario Argento's first film was already a surprisingly mature masterpiece thanks both to its visionary inspiration rich in original frames and exasperated colours, and to its skilfully crafted script. This tense, ambiguous thriller, which literally pulls the carpet out from under your feet, has been frightening audiences for over forty years.


26/12/2013 21:00
5 bambole per la luna d'agosto (5 Dolls for an August Moon) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Mario Bava. 1970, 88 min.
The master of Italian thrillers, the man who set the tone for all the subsequent generations, has enormous fun with this horror movie that is in fact a sun-drenched, pyschedelic, pop version of Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians.


27/12/2013 21:00
Il Decameron (The Decameron) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini. 1971, 110 min.
Pasolini revisits Boccaccio's masterpiece with free and joyful verve, extolling the sexual vitality of the peasant world before the advent of the wealthy merchant society.  Winning the Silver Bear award in Berlin, the film sparked both a heated debate and numerous imitations in Italy.


28/12/2013 21:00
Giù la testa (Duck, You Sucker) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Sergio Leone. 1971, 150 min.
Setting aside the legendary era of the Wild West, Leone here demolishes the dream of the "Revolution" in his most political and farcical film yet, set in Mexico in 1913.  This astonishingly absorbing and spectacular movie is borne along by a seriously good cast and by Ennio Morricone's irresistible soundtrack.


29/12/2013 21:00
Io e... - Cinema
admission free

directed by Luciano Emmer, 1972, 71 min.
Guttuso e il "Marat morto" di David, Parise e Piazza San Marco, Zavattini e il "Campo di grano con corvi" di Van Gogh, Bianchi Bandinelli e la Colonna Traiana, Fellini e l'Eur
Guttuso and David'sl "Marat Mort"; Parise and St. Mark's Square; Zavattini and Van Gogh's "Wheatfield with Crows"; Bianchi Bandinelli and Trajan's Column; Fellini and Rome's EUR neighbourhood.
This is the programme that revolutionised the underlying culture behind television in the 'seventies.  Intellectuals and artists dialogue directly with art, illustrating a work of art or a site from their own point of view and offering new, nuanced and thoroughly personal interpretations.


02/01/2014 21:00
Non si sevizia un paperino (Don't Torture a Duckling) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Lucio Fulci. 1972, 110 min.
Amid infanticide, superstition and the suspicion of black magic, Fulci sets this disturbing thriller in a small village in the south of Italy.  Occupying a special place in the context of Italian thrillers of the 'seventies, this film has become something of a cult movie also outside Italy.


03/01/2014 21:00
Roma (Fellini's Roma) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Federico Fellini. 1972, 127 min.
Fellini's immense talent resorts to an overwhelming medley of characters and styles, ranging from lyricism to satire, to conjure up a cruel and visionary portrait - half authentic memory, half fantastic contortion - of Roman life between the 'thirties and the 'seventies.


04/01/2014 21:00
Ultimo tango a Parigi (Last Tango in Paris) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. 1972, 132 min.
Two unknowns allow passion to overwhelm them without knowing a thing about each other.  This, the scandalous movie par excellence - it was even condemned to being burned at the stake! - is a masterpiece that probes the agonising solitude of human relations with a spectacular performance from Marlon Brando.


05/01/2014 21:00
Il tuo vizio è una stanza chiusa e solo io ne ho la chiave (Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Sergio Martino. 1972, 95 min.
A condensation of numerous films of the genre that flooded Italian cinemas at the time, this film combines the tension of a thriller with the full range of erotic movie ploys, ranging from bloody murder and coups de theatre to perversion, sex and curses.


07/01/2014 21:00
Milano calibro 9 (Caliber 9) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Fernando Di Leo. 1972, 102 min.
The best Italian noir ever by one of Tarantino's favourite directors.  This tense, violent, cynical and mocking film manages at the same time to be a prophetic social critique of the Milan crime scene:  "If they carry on like this, we're going to have to set up an Anti-Mafia Directorate in Milan too".


08/01/2014 21:00
Mimì metallurgico ferito nell'onore (The Seduction of Mimi) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Lina Wertmuller. 1972, 121 min.
Lina Wertmuller shifts sexual satire onto the terrain of social debate, adopting a grotesque approach to the clash between north and south, rich and poor, crooked and honest, thanks to a hugely successful partnership with Giancarlo Giannini.


09/01/2014 21:00
Alfredo, Alfredo (Alfredo! Alfredo!) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Pietro Germi. 1972, 110 min.
The talented mind behind our blackest comedies mercilessly probing man's most deeply concealed nooks and crannies, Germi returns in his last film to reflecting on divorce and on the suffocating traps of married life.


10/01/2014 21:00
Malizia (Malicious) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Salvatore Samperi. 1973, 99 min.
This is the movie sensation that put saucy Italian comedy on the map and launched its most provocative star, Laura Antonelli, as she gets to grips with a Sicilian widower and his three sons in a medley of innocence and sensuality that troubled the dreams of an entire generation of Italian males.


11/01/2014 21:00
Polvere di stelle (Star Dust) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Alberto Sordi. 1973, 142 min.
Sordi takes his cue from the trials and tribulations of a shabby company of vaudeville performers to tell the story of the curtain-raiser and the warm-up comic, in a richly ironic and, at the same time, nostalgic tribute that owes a great deal to a splendid performance from Monica Vitti.


12/01/2014 21:00
Profumo di donna (Scent of a Woman) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Dino Risi. 1974, 100 min.
Risi, the great Italian master of comedy, explores the human fragility buried deep in the mind of a character write large:  a blind officer travelling around Italy, a memorable mix of sarcasm and despair in an unparalleled performance by Vittorio Gassman.


15/01/2014 21:00
La circostanza (The Circumstance) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Ermanno Olmi. 1974, 97 min. 
Olmi captures the mood of an era of transition in a wealthy middle-class family rocked by change.  The film explores the breakup of the family and of society in 'seventies Italy with the pained pessimism of one of the country's most lucid and stringent movie directors.


16/01/2014 21:00
L'invenzione di Morel (Morel's Invention) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Emidio Greco. 1974, 110 min.
This sci-fi film deserves to be rediscovered in all its fascinating setting:  on a seemingly deserted island, the victim of a shipwreck encounters enigmatic humans who appear not to notice him.  This unusual product of Italian filmmaking breaks through the borders dividing reality from fiction at the very dawm of virtual reality.


17/01/2014 21:00
Il portiere di notte (The Night Porter) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Liliana Cavani. 1974, 120 min.
The rediscovered sado-masochistic relationship between a Jewish woman and her former torturer in a concentration camp provides the focus for one of the most tragic and merciless films in the history of the Italian cinema, as it probes the subconscious levels of a duel between a victim and her persecutor in search of the ambiguous face of evil.


18/01/2014 21:00
Gruppo di famiglia in un interno (Conversation Piece) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Luchino Visconti. 1974, 125 min.
The clash between an ageing intellectual and a vulgar and neurotic middle-class family rocks the man's restless solitude.  In this, his penultimate film, Visconti continues to pursue his bitter reflection on man and society, observing the descending trajectory of an era with mournful empathy.


19/01/2014 21:00
Pane e cioccolata (Bread and Chocolate) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Franco Brusati. 1974, 115 min.
Thanks to a brilliant performance from Manfredi, this film recounts the misadventures of an Italian immigrant in Switzerland with irresistible humour and touching melancholy, in a veritable jewel of Italian 'seventies comedy that was also hugely successful abroad, winning the Silver Bear award in Berlin.


21/01/2014 21:00
La donna della domenica (The Sunday Woman) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Luigi Comencini. 1975, 105 min.
Based on Fruttero and Lucentini's celebrated thriller set in middle-class Turin, this film lifts the veil on the tangled maze of a mysterious city and its unmentionable vices, offering a seering cross-section of Italy in the late 'sixties.  Mastroianni's performance strikes a wonderful balance between detached irony and drama.


22/01/2014 21:00
Matti da slegare (Fit To Be Untied) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Marco Bellocchio, Silvano Agosti, Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia. 1975, 135 min.
A major inquiry into the condition of the mentally ill and the pointlessness of psychiatric institutions as traditionally envisaged, this film, with its tales of suffering and solitude, lifts the lid on one of the most important concealed realities in Italy.


23/01/2014 21:00
Brutti, sporchi e cattivi (Ugly, Dirty and Bad) - Cinema
ingresso libero

directed by Ettore Scola. 1976, 115 min.
Set in the squallor of a Rome shanty town, this disturbing and grotesque black comedy offers a violent and cruel depiction of the lumpenproletariat with Nino Manfredi's memorable performance as a down-and-out.


24/01/2014 21:00
Cadaveri eccellenti (Illustrious Corpses) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Francesco Rosi. 1976, 120 min.
Based on Sciascia's novel, this controversial and courageous movie sparked a heated debate in its day because it pushes its critique of power as far as denouncing subversive hidden plots and the strategy of tension reflected in the killing of top magistrates.


25/01/2014 21:00
Marcia trionfale (Victory March) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Marco Bellocchio. 1976, 125 min.
Life in the barracks with its authoritarian ideals provides the dramatic setting for this lucid probing of the mechanisms of repression in the institutions, which Bellocchio analyses with heartfelt participation after his earlier exploration of the family and the world of politics.


26/01/2014 21:00
Io sono un autarchico (I Am Self Sufficient) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Nanni Moretti. 1976, 95 min., film restaurato
Nanni Moretti's first full-length feature film lashes out at the growing conformism in couples, in political parties and among youngsters through the biting wit of Michele Apicella, the alter ego with whom the actor-cum-director lampoons the inconsistencies of our post-May 1968 culture.


29/01/2014 21:00
La casa dalle finestre che ridono (The House of the Laughing Windows) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Pupi Avati. 1976, 110 min.
A disturbing fresco by a naive, crazy and suicidal artist, a series of violent deaths and the murky atmosphere of the lower Po valley provide the setting for this unnerving horror movie, a unique masterpiece in Italian filmmaking of the genre.


30/01/2014 21:00
Un borghese piccolo piccolo (An Average Little Man) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Mario Monicelli. 1977, 122 min.
A dramatic take on an era of compromise and violence provides the backdrop for a splendid if unusual performance from Alberto Sordi.  Violent, callous and heartless, he gradually turns from an ordinary man in a grey suit into the implacable avenger of his son's murder.


31/01/2014 21:00
Ciao maschio (Bye Bye Monkey) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Marco Ferreri. 1978, 110 min.
Italy's most scathing and iconoclastic movie director expresses his apocalyptic pessimism in this visionary film in which a young man and his chimp wander the streets of New York, the symbol of Western civilisation reduced to the role of a desert-like backdrop for the collapse of mankind.


01/02/2014 21:00
Berlinguer ti voglio bene (Berlinguer: I Love You) - Cinema
ingresso libero

directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci. 1977, 90 min.
The irresistible Benigni bursts onto the screen with the cynicism and furious pace of Mario Cioni, a penniless and scurrilous working class hero who spends his time between the local working men's club and the red-light cinema, sexually inhibited by his suffocating mother in a fabulous performance from Alida Valli.


02/02/2014 21:00
Io ho paura (I Am Afraid) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Damiano Damiani. 1977, 120 min.
A masterpiece of the Italian detective genre, unique in its skilled combination of the pace and suspense of the action movie with social commitment, this film denounces the links between terrorism and corrupt intelligence services.  Volonté is superb in the role of an honest cop fighting the system.


04/02/2014 21:00
Il giorno dell'Assunta - Cinema
admission free

directed by Nino Russo. 1977, 106 min.
A minor pearl in the experimental cinema of the time, this film takes us, in the company of two eccentic characters, along the deserted, parched, almost metaphysical streets of Rome in mid-August, as far as the huge high-rises in the dormitory neighbourhoods, "non-places" of alienation and marginalisation.


05/02/2014 21:00
Non contate su di noi (Don't Count on Us) - Cinema
admission free

directed by Sergio Nuti. 1978, 120 min.
The only movie ever directed by editor Sergio Nuti, it won him the Silver Ribbon for best first film.  This great if now exceedingly rare film uses passion and stringency to tell the story of drugs in the Balduina and Primavalle neighbourhoods in a Rome that was underground then and has now disappeared altogether.


06/02/2014 21:00
Il prato (The Meadow) - Cinema
admission free

Il prato (The Meadow)
directed by Paolo e Vittorio Taviani. 1979, 115 min.
The Taviani brothers allow the spreading disenchantment at the end of the decade to forge a love story involving three youngsters, veterans of a season bursting with ideals, who certify the defeat and collapse of an entire generation's collective and individual aspirations.

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