Bellaria Film Festival - Bellaria Igea Marina (RN) - ITALY


Le finestre cinematiche

a cura di Marco Antonio Bazzocchi e Claudio Ballestracci
installazione fruibile dall’esterno

Cinema was already an established reality in Panzini's time, even if it was not yet considered a true art. Too popular, too impressive, too melodramatic in taste. Yet Panzini repeatedly demonstrated that he knew what strategies were used by cinema and how the Italian culture of the first decades of the century was already impregnated with them. It is no coincidence that Panzini's most interesting novel, Il padrone sono me!, was translated into pictures in 1955 by a director at his first rehearsal, Franco Brusati. The cast includes important actors such as Paolo Stoppa and Andreina Pagnani. The novel and the film talk about the dissolution of nineteenth-century society, socialist movements, the First World War and above all the conflictual but also solid relationship between the world of lords and peasants, with the passage from the old generation to the new one.
These are the fundamental themes of Panzini's work, which always falls into the role of those who keenly observe the cracks in society and foresee future disasters. In this summer of 2020, with a historical situation out of the norm, we thought of transforming the "Red House" into a sort of projector that spreads from the inside out a sequence of images linked to the writer's life and work, accompanied by some sentences deriving from the Master are me! and the Lantern of Diogenes. Phrases detached from their context, free to interact with the images and cause unexpected effects. The "Red House" suddenly becomes a brick book from which come out in bulk many phrases that Panzini had thrown on paper while he was in his study, sitting at his desk. The resulting spectacle is something that comes before cinema, which has no real organization but is based on free associations, allusions, memories and fragments of the written work. Moving a bit Panzini towards his Futurist contemporaries, admired by Margherita Sarfatti, who defended them with her doubtful professor, we thought of a house with windows that come alive like screens. Cinematic windows, that is, windows that come alive to bring out glimpses of images and phrases, ready to strike those who have the patience to stop in the park and imagine the professor throwing his stainless irony towards us.
Image processing Stefano Bisulli
Sound processing Marco Mantovani

A m’arcord… Alfredo sono me!

mostra a cura di Marco Antonio Bazzocchi e Claudio Ballestracci

"Family Album" is the title we have given for some years now to the collection of photographs that illustrate some moments in the life of Alfredo Panzini. In fact, the family is the favorite place of many works of the writer, who investigates the most interesting aspects, often focusing on the relationships between men and women, husbands and wives, fathers and children. The Italian bourgeoisie, caught in its most problematic aspects, is often compared with the lower social strata, the popular peasants or fishermen or even the most miserable marginalized. Bellaria is the place where Panzini can observe social movements, feeling both part of the bourgeois classes and sharing the wisdom of the poor ones. In this small review, the title of Federico Fellini's most famous film is used to accompany the memories of the Panzini family. At the same time the visitor can admire some scene photos of the Fellini film, taken by Davide Minghini. The result is a long-distance relationship that, however, produces effects of resonance and affinity. The Fellinian village, observed in all its aspects during the seasons, becomes a microcosm where the Italy of the beginning of the century is reflected, with all its contradictions and its being suspended between innovation and nostalgia. Something similar we find in Panzini's narrative sketches, in his stories and novels, up to the peak represented by the Master are me!, perhaps one of the many works that could deserve the adjective "Fellinian".

Sound processing Marco Mantovani

The photographs come from the Alfredo Panzini Archives.
Municipal Library Panzini, Municipality of Bellaria - Igea Marina
and the Gambalunga Library Photographic Archive, Rimini.

Thanks to Oriana Maroni and Nadia Bizzocchi
Gambalunga Municipal Library, Municipality of Rimini

The exhibitions will remain open during the Festival from 8.30 pm to 11.30 pm.

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