As every year, cinema’s Italian Week returns to Paris, in partnership with the Mayor of the 13th district of Paris. During this week one can find at the Escorial the finest films of the Year including heritage classics, previews and meetings. This year will be having a special Dario Argento session as an added bonus. With the initiation of neo-realist filmmaking, Italy has given the world some excellent and brilliantly nuanced films. These films have set standards of filmmaking at a global scale.
The Italian Film Industry began at a fully fledged scale in the late 1890s, though it had been several years since the invention of moving pictures in the 1880s. Most of Italy’s film companies are based in Turin, Milan and Naples. Before the First World War in 1914, Italy was at the forefront of screenwriting and movie production. A majority of these silent films were originally historical, mythological or documentary in nature, but soon Italians began producing art films and comedies.
World War II encouraged in Italy the making of a series of propaganda films. Neorealism explored the unsettling economic conditions in Italy that came with the war. Some of the country's most memorable films were made during this era like Luchino Visconti's Ossessione (1943), Roberto Rossellini's Rome, Open City (1945),Paisa (1946), Germany Year Zero (1948), Vittorio De Sica's Shoeshine (1946), The Bicycle Thief (1948) and Miracle in Milan (1951).
The post World War II era also saw the rise of some of Italy's most prolific directors, including Sergio Leone, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani and Franco Zeffirelli. These were the filmmakers who broke away from the conventions of traditional film narrative and created the story in a series of disconnected events. By the mid-1950s Neorealism had dissipated into a lighter form of film and actresses like Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Silvana Mangano went on to become international stars.
This weekly show of Italian films is a tribute to the country’s impeccable film talent who have made waves not only in their country or the continent, but have captivated cine goers across the entire globe.
The films that will be shown through the week are Laura Nue by Nicolo 'Ferrari, Samouni Road by Stefano Savona, Fortunata by Sergio Castellitto, My Girl (Figlia mia) by Laura Bispuri, , Manual by Dario Albertini, Call Me By Your Name by Luca Guadagnino, Sicilian Ghost Story by Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza, Una Questione Privata by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, The Order Of Things by Andrea Segre, A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano, Ginger & Fred by Federico Fellini, The Ciociara by Vittorio De Sica, The Wider by Dino Risi, The Complexes By Franco Rossi, Dino Risi & Luigi Filippo D'Amico, The Bel Antonio By Mauro Bolognini, I Magliari By Francesco Rosi, Profondo Rosso (The Chills of Anguish) by Dario Argento and Polichinelle And The Wonderful Tales of Giulio Gianini & Emanuele Luzzati.
The Italian Week 2018 opens on June 27, 2018 and will be on view through July 3, 2018 at The Escorial, Les Ecrans de, 60 rue Pierre Charron, 75008 Paris
For details, visit http://www.lesecransdeparis.fr
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the event.