Il Cinema Ritrovato 2017 – review – LE MOGLI E LE ARANCE (Luigi Servienti, Lucio D’Ambra, Luigi Sapelli, 1917, Italy)

“Dolce far niente” is an Italian expression that literally means “doing sweet nothing.” It refers to a blissful lazines that, in Italy, is particularly attached to the South. Lucio D’Ambra’s Le Mogli e le Arance may be the best cinematic representation of this phrase to date. Though the film is often credited as directed by…

Cinema Ritrovato 2017 – review – PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (“Menschen am Sonntag,” Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer, 1930, Germany)

During the years of the Weimar Republic, German film production flourished. In 1929, a collective of filmmakers got together to make a film named People of Sunday, which has now acquired a legendary status among connoisseurs. Historically, the film remains somewhat of an anomaly; it was made as a reaction against the celebrated Expressionist and…

Il Cinema Ritrovato: first news from the 2017 edition

Il Cinema Ritrovato, the annual festival organized by the Cineteca di Bologna and dedicated to the rediscovery of rare and little-known films from all over the world, will take place in Bologna, Italy from June 24 to July 2. The festival will feature a selection of 400 films, closing officially with a screening an open…