FQ books editor Carla Marcantonio guides readers through the 33rd edition of Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival held each year in Bologna at the end of June. Highlights of this year's festival included a restoration of one of Vittorio De Sica's hard-to-find and hence lesser-known films, the social justice fairy tale, Miracolo a Milano (Miracle in Milan, 1951). The film was presented by De Sica's daughter, Emi De Sica, and was an example of the ongoing project to restore De Sica's archive, which was given to the Cineteca de Bologna in 2016. Marcantonio also notes her unexpected responses to certain reviewings; Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019), presented by Francis Ford Coppola on the large-scale screen of Piazza Maggiore and accompanied by remastered Dolby Atmos sound, struck her as a tour-de-force while a restoration of David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986) had lost some of its strange allure.
Bologna, My Love: Il Cinema Ritrovato
Carla Marcantonio is Associate Professor and Chair at the department of Film, Television, and Media Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her scholarship focuses on global/transnational cinema, genre studies, biopolitics, and the anthropocene. She is the author of Global Melodrama: Nation, Body, and History in Contemporary Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and has also published various essays on the films of Pedro Almodóvar. She is the book review editor at Film Quarterly.
Carla Marcantonio; Bologna, My Love: Il Cinema Ritrovato. Film Quarterly 1 December 2019; 73 (2): 72–79. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.73.2.72
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