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FARE CINEMA - Oltre lo schermo. 15 documentaries to tell the story of Italian cinema behind the scenes.



FARE CINEMA - Oltre lo schermo. 15 documentaries to tell the story of Italian cinema behind the scenes.

OLTRE LO SCHERMO. 15 documentaries celebrate Italian cinema behind the scenes.

From 14th June to 25th July 2021 in free streaming

On the occasion of the fourth edition of Fare Cinema, an initiative dedicated to the promotion of Italian cinema in the world, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation presents ‘Oltre lo schermo. 15 documentaries to tell the story of Italian cinema behind the scenes’. The project is developed and produced by Audiovisiva, a platform that collects the best documentaries on Italian culture.

The collection’s films are available free of charge to the international public from the 14thJune until 25th July 2021, upon registration and subject to availability, through the websites of the 82 Italian Cultural Institutes in the world and the website ITALIANA

Luchino Visconti, Lina Wertmüller, Alida Valli, Dante Ferretti, Nino Rota, Giuliano Montaldo, Federico Fellini and more: the fifteen films in the collection, subtitled in Italian, hearing-impaired Italian, English, French and Spanish, take us on an exciting journey through Italian and international film production of the last 70 years to discover the hidden universe behind the scenes. Alongside the most well-known directors, documentaries turn the spotlight on the many extraordinary "hidden" professionals without which the magic of cinema would not be possible, today as in the past.

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The 15 films in the collection

Alida by Mimmo Verdesca, 2020
Handmade Cinema by Guido Torlonia, 2012
Gli angeli nascosti di Luchino Visconti by Silvia Giulietti, 2007
Acqua e zucchero. Carlo Di Palma, i colori della vita by Fariborz Kamkari, 2016
Dietro gli occhiali bianchi by Valerio Ruiz, 2015
Citizen Rosi by Didi Gnocchi e Carolina Rosi, 2019
La morte legale. Giuliano Montaldo racconta la genesi del film Sacco e Vanzetti by Silvia Giulietti and Giotto Barbieri, 2018
I ragazzi della Panaria by Nello Correale, 2004
L'ultimo Gattopardo. Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo by Giuseppe Tornatore, 2010
Segretarie. Una vita per il cinema by Raffaele Rago and Daniela Masciale, 2019
Flaiano: il meglio è passato by Giancarlo Rolandi and Steve Della Casa, 2010
Un amico magico. Il maestro Nino Rota by Mario Monicelli, 1994
Dante Ferretti: scenografo italiano by Gianfranco Giagni, 2010
L’abito e il volto. Incontro con Piero Tosi by Francesco Costabile, 2008
As Time Goes by. L’uomo che disegnava sogni by Simone Aleandri, 2018

The collection includes Oscar winners such as set designer Dante Ferretti and maestro Nino Rota, composer of celebrated music. We will see stagehands, seamstresses, carpenters, painters and sculptors at work, reigning masters among the warehouses and workshops of Cinecittà and artists who have dedicated their lives to designing the billboards of films, such as Silvano Campeggi, who flew to Los Angeles to depict legendary Marilyn Monroe. We will hear Giuliano Montaldo recount the genesis of ‘Sacco and Vanzetti’, among difficulties and incredible twists such as the meeting of Joan Baez and Ennio Morricone who in only a few hours recorded ‘Here's to You’, the ballad that has become the manifesto of an entire generation.

We will have a chance to take a close look at the turbulent bond of friendship and esteem that connected Federico Fellini and Ennio Flaiano, or meet Piero Tosi, who dressed the greatest divas of all time, from Claudia Cardinale to Silvana Mangano. We will discover the legendary director of photography and director Carlo Di Palma through anecdotes, comments and reflections of the most prestigious figures of worldwide cinema.And we will be captivated by the sequence of testimonies collected by Giuseppe Tornatore in the exciting documentary on Goffredo Lombardo, the producer who with the production house Titanus completely redesigned the Italian cinema of the second half of the 20th century. We will be able to immerse ourselves in one of the most lucid analyses of the history of Italy through Francesco Rosi's civil cinema, get to know Alida Valli, the mother of all actresses according to Giuseppe Bertolucci, or learn the surprising story of Panaria Film through the story of Francesco Alliata, one of the founders of the small Sicilian production house at the centre of the most famous postwar film scandal between Hollywood, Rome and the Aeolian Islands: the famous war of the volcanoes and its divine protagonists Roberto Rossellini, Anna Magnani and Ingrid Bergman. A roundup of portraits that are a hymn to the beauty, wealth, strength, the determination of cinema, of the men and women who made it and all those who loved and continue to love it.


Date: from 14th June to 25th July 2021

Organized by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Italian Cultural Institutes; Audiovisiva

Entrance: free upon registration and subject to availability


Date: Da Monday, June 14, 2021 a Sunday, July 25, 2021

Organized by : Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Coo

Entrance : Free