Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ettore Scola

Italian Director Ettore Scola Dead at 84

ROME — Ettore Scola, one of the last greats of Italian film, has died at age 84.
RAI state radio and the ANSA news agency say Scola died late Tuesday at a Rome hospital after falling ill on Sunday.
Scola, who started out as a screenwriter, won best director in 1976 at the Cannes Film Festival for "Brutti, Sporchi, Cattivi" ("Ugly, Dirty and Bad").
But he was perhaps best known for "We All Loved Each Other So Much," his 1977 tableau about post-war Italy, and the Oscar-nominated "A Special Day" featuring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren as neighbors who meet during Hitler's visit to Italy in 1938.
Premier Matteo Renzi said Scola had an incomparable way of reading Italian society and said in a tweet that his death "leaves an enormous hole in Italian culture." (The Associated Press, January 19, 2016.)

Una Giornata Particolare

Screenshot from "Una Giornata Particolare" (1977)
Screenshot from "Una Giornata Particolare" (1977)

Una Giornata Particolare
("A Special Day", "Une journée particulière") was directed by Ettore Scola in 1977. The film starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni is set in Rome in 1938, and follows a woman and her neighbor who stay home the day Adolf Hitler visits Benito Mussolini.
Antonietta, a naive and sentimental housewife (Loren) stays home doing her usual domestic tasks, while her fascist husband and her six spoilt children take to the streets to follow the parade.
The building is empty except for a neighbor across the complex (Mastroianni), a charming man named Gabriele.
Gabriele is a radio broadcaster who has been dismissed from his job and is about to be deported to Sardinia because of his anti-fascist stance and his homosexuality.
They meet by chance and begin to talk. Antonietta is surprised by his opinions and, unaware of his sexual orientation, flirts with him... (Wikipedia)

Brutti, Sporchi, Cattivi

Screenshot from Brutti, Sporchi, Cattivi (1976)

Brutti, Sporchi, Cattivi ("Ugly, Dirty and Bad", "Affreux, sales et méchants") tells the grotesque story of a large Apulian family living in an extremely poor shantytown of the periphery of Rome. The protagonist is one-eyed patriarch Giacinto (Nino Manfredi). Four generations of his sons and relatives are cramped together in his shack, managing to get by mainly on thieving and whoring, among other things more or less respectable.
For the loss of his eye, an insurance company has paid Giacinto a large sum. Giacinto refuses to share his money with anyone, and spends little of it on himself, preferring to hide it from his family, which he routinely abuses verbally and physically. Various members of the family unsuccessfully try to steal his money. When Giacinto falls in love with an obese prostitute, brings her home and starts spending his money on her, Giacinto's enraged wife conspires with the rest of the family to poison him. However, Giacinto survives. In a frenzy of anger, he sets fire to his home. To his disappointment, his family survives... (Wikipedia)


joseph said...

Sophia Loren étant une de mes actrices préférées , comment ne pas aduler ce film où elle éclaboussait l'oeuvre de son talent conjugué à celui de deux monstres sacrés Marcello et Ettore! Au revoir Maître , et merci pour toutes ces oeuvres qui nous ont tant fait aimer les salles obscures!

Silvano said...

Lui qui fit un film, Splendor (1988), sur la mort d'une salle de cinéma, assista, hélas, à la décrépitude du cinéma italien terrassé par la télévision "berlusconienne".
Un très grand cinéaste.

another country said...

Une filmographie incomparable, que ce soit en tant que metteur en scène, scénariste ou dialoguiste. Je luis dois tant d'émotions -- et ma première confrontation sérieuse avec ma propre homosexualité.