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Part #4 of the programme “XX secolo. L’invenzione più bella” has kicked off
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
April 05, 2023

October 24, 2022-June 4, 2023
200 masterpieces #soloalcinema

Part IV
April 10-June 4

Rome, Cinema Quattro Fontane

The fourth part of the retrospective curated by Cesare Petrillo, organized by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale with the support of the Ministry of Culture and
in collaboration with Circuito Cinema, is now running
Media partner: MYmovies

The programme will also screen in Florence
in collaboration with the Fondazione Sistema Toscana – Cinema La Compagnia


With this fourth part running from April 10th through June 4th, the second retrospective XX SECOLO. L’INVENZIONE PIÙ BELLA (20th Century. The greatest invention) curated by Cesare Petrillo and organized by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale with the support of the Ministry of Culture and in collaboration with Circuito Cinema is coming to an end. Screening at the “Quattro Fontane” movie theatre in Rome every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday matinees, XX SECOLO has attracted more than 10,000 viewers, thus confirming how successful this format is: this season, over 200 masterpieces of film history have been brought back to the silver screen.

The 4th segment opens with LUCHINO VISCONTI, the ‘red count’ of Italian cinema, the protagonist, if not father of neorealism (it is generally believed that his Obsession, 1943, kickstarted the movement), author of allegedly impossible adaptations (La terra trema, from Giovanni Verga’s novel “The House by the Medlar-Tree”; Le notti bianche; The Leopard; Death in Venice) who managed to depict with equal accuracy the proletarian family of Rocco and His Brothers and the steel magnates of The Damned, as well as the dream of a mother who wants her little girl to become a film star (Beautiful) and the twilight years of a professor secluded in his own house museum (Conversation Piece).

In parallel with the cinema of Visconti, ROMAN POLANSKI will entertain the audience with a selection of titles beginning from his striking debut feature (Knife in the Water, 1962, his only movie in Polish language soon to be nominated at the Academy Awards for best foreign film) and including his early masterpieces made in France (Repulsion, Cul-de-sac). The Polanski retrospective follows up with a delightful comedy such as the Hammerlike horror parody Dance of the Vampires/The Fearless Vampire Killers but also a true horror like Rosemary’s Baby, and then the reinvention of the noir with Chinatown, the essay on Kafkaesque anxiety The Tenant, the overwhelming adaptation Tess, and an exercise in Hitchcockian suspense (and invaluable humour) such as Frantic.

Actress, comedian, star: there isn’t a definition that wouldn’t suit the greatest icon of the twentieth century, i.e., MARILYN MONROE. We will screen two of the masterpieces that made her immortal (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot) but also her last film, The Misfits, not to mention a true rarity like the low-budget thriller Don't Bother to Knock, the movie that revealed her to the general audience, i.e. Niagara, and screwball comedies such as How to Marry a Millionaire and The Prince and the Showgirl.

Disavowing the infamous (and much too quoted) sentence of Truffaut as a film critic, who would dismiss British cinema as “a contradiction in terms,” XX CENTURY pays homage precisely to BRITISH FILM from 1941 to 1985, offering a survey of the talents active before and behind the film camera. Great directors such as David Lean (Brief Encounter), John Schlesinger (A Kind of Loving, Far from the Madding Crowd, Sunday Bloody Sunday), Karel Reisz (Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment), Tony Richardson (The Entertainer, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Tom Jones) up to Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette). But also performers who gave body and voice to unforgettable characters, from Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier (That Hamilton Woman) to Alan Bates (Women in Love), Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie (Don't Look Now),Michael Caine (The Black Windmill), Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) as well as the great eccentric Glenda Jackson (Hopscotch).

In collaboration with the Locarno Film Festival, from May 22 to June 4 the programme welcomes a selection of seven titles from last summer’s big LFF retrospective dedicated to DOUGLAS SIRK, the unparalleled master of 1950’s Hollywood melodrama, including Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life, Has Anybody Seen My Gal, The Tarnished Angels, and A Time to Love and a Time to Die.

Running in parallel with the Sirk focus, a homage to the golden years of MEXICAN CINEMA from the late thirties to the fifties: a unique opportunity to discover or rediscover fundamental directors such as Emilio Fernández (Enamorada, The Pearl) and Roberto Gavaldón (La otra; In the Palm of Your Hand, La noche avanza), but also to see again Luis Bunuel’s Mexican films such as Los olvidados and Ensayo de un crimen.

The XX SECOLO. L’INVENZIONE PIÙ BELLA programme is also screening at the Cinema La Compagnia in Florence until May 14, 2023 as a result of the collaboration with the Fondazione Sistema Toscana film department (info: http://www.cinemalacompagnia.it/).


Il grande cinema sul grande schermo
Programme #2

October 24, 2022-June 4, 2023
Rome, Cinema Quattro Fontane (via delle Quattro Fontane, 23)
Tickets and Subscriptions
One Admission Ticket            5 €
Subscription – 10 tickets        35 €
Subscription – 20 tickets        60 €

Two admissions allowed per screening with subscriptions.

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