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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2006 - 14.22 July

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BELLA GENTE STASERA IN PARADISO

Category: Edition 2006

“I have cherished the idea to pay a tribute to the biggest names of Italian cinema and theatre for a long time. I longed to see that Italy in black and white again, being crossed by big actors who playing huge stories or stories that nowadays seem so ingenuous. Then, with Vincenzo Mollica and Antonello Sarno, we have decided to use newsreels to give a contest to those stories. When I reflected about this idea, I thought that was it would have been nice to imagine Heaven, or every place in which they are now, as ideal location for a performance with a cast that no producer has never been able to put together, and never will do. You will see an Italy in black and white, a homage to the actors that have accompanied us for all our life. You just have to rent or buy a VHS or a DVD of one of their films to stay with them for a couple of hours again. It is the great privilege that technology gives us”.
Maurizio Costanzo

“Italian cinema easily forgets. The three or four generations of actors and directors who have made it big all over the world have been forgotten. Now they are just the treasure of a bunch of collectors. Nowadays those actors, those directors, those comedians, are dead, called to Paradise for their age. The worst thing is that we can’t ‘watch’ them anymore. But their lesson is still modern. They, even if not physically, are ‘near us’ because they educated us, taught us, were our maestros with their films, in which Italian culture was so present and so human to be accepted all over the world. This is the reason why our film is made of 20 film clips, from the most beautiful films of our cinema, from Fellini to Blasetti, from Risi to Steno, from Comencini to Gallone, from Camerini to Pasolini, without forgetting the costume comedies of Don Camillo, Peppone, Franco and Ciccio. This is a homage, a performance, but also a last lesson about the real meaning of our lives”.
Vincenzo Mollica, Antonello Sarno

Original Title BELLA GENTE STASERA IN PARADISO
Italian Title BELLA GENTE STASERA IN PARADISO
Category Out of competition
Section Special Screenings
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 58' 20''
Production Year 2006
Nationality Italy
Directed by Vincenzo Mollica, Antonello Sarno
Editor Alberto Di Bari, Emanuele Paletta
Produced by Maurizio Costanzo, Medusa Film

Production
Futura srl Roma