Tolfa Short Film Festival

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THURSDAY 5 OCTOBER th21,00 PAOLO VILLAGGIO – UNDER THE MASK… by DONATELLA BAGLIVO

 

Directed by: Donatella Baglivo

Assistant director: Walter Martyn Cabell

Researches: Domenico Vitucci

Cinematography by: Edmondo Pisani, Stefano Bosco, Roberto Romei, Piergiorgio Albertini

Edited by: Donatella Baglivo

 

Music by: Pietro Grignani, Luca Spagnoletti

Executive Producer: Maurizio Baglivo

Year:1997

Running time: 60 minutes

 Production wishes thank to the following personalities for sharing their memories: Mario Monicelli, Milena Vukotic

 A Ciak 2000 s.r.l production

Paolo Villaggio is Genoese. He was born in the town of lamp in 1932 and his life started towards a peaceful bourgeois condition: a job, a family and little weekend satisfaction.

But the daily routine stifled him and his guardian gown made him meet with a group of friends who started him on the road to the final "perdition".

The satirical and humorous vein of Paolo Villaggio has his friends of night time adventures as first audience: "Do this imitation" , "Please, do this other one." They were simply imitations at the beginning, but soon Paolo begins to build his own jokes and his friends they went crazy at the laughter.

The success of the group has been selected and bit “domesticated” has not yet begged him to try a dangerous road. But it’s his group to take him a night on the stage, where he needs to really do something brilliant to make laughter of an unknown audience. Despite not being able to calibrate his character yet, Paolo realizes he has the potential to do it. The audience had great fun.

So, behind his imperious friends, begins a career that will be used to create "masks" of humanity prototypes that, behind the laughter, revealing facets of universal dramas.

The first “mask” conceived by Paolo Villaggio for tv audience is called Professor Kranz: he is an aggressive but troublemaker German magician. His awkwardness laughs. They laugh at the afternoons of the afternoons, then the adults of the early evening.

But here's Villaggio has two other characters in his pocket: first one is Fracchia, the other is Fantozzi. Their celebrities are scattering because they represent the eternal figure of the employee repressed by the power system that governs him. With this mask of his invention, Villaggio has launched a bridge over the centuries joining the eighteenth-century street theater, to Italian Commedia of the Art. Thanks to Fantozzi mask, doors of cinema are finally opened to Paolo Villaggio; after the first trials ("I quattro del Pater Noster" (1969) by Ruggero Deodato; "Without Family" (1972) by Vittorio Gassman; "What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution? " (1972) by Sergio Corbucci; "Sistemo l'America e torno" (1974) by Nanni Loy), Paolo Villaggio begin to receive many proposals and scripts from every corner of the Italian film world. Because has become an experienced actor, and the characted that had begun playing for the game, pressed by friends that night on the stage of a Genoese cabaret, picking up a tremendous success.

Alongside the acting profession, meanwhile, Paolo Villaggio reveals an unexpected talent on writing: he published a series of novels inspired by Fantozzi's misadventures.

But other expectations await the creator of the Fantozzi mas now absent from the dramatic scene. Fellini found for him a character who enriches the gallery of both director and actor: in fact Paolo Villaggio is protagonist, with Roberto Benigni, of the film "The voice of the moon", which Fellini closes his film career marked by unrepeatable and surprising fables. Temporarily, Paolo Villaggio returns to the theatre play with "L’avare" by Moliere adapted by Giorgio Strehler. It is here, among the stage dusts, which seeks to immerse himself in the world of the Great Values, until to pursue its need to “recharge” culturally. Few people could imagine that - behind innocent and shy mask of his Fantozzi - Paolo Villaggio hides a greed personality to investigate anything which happen in the world of culture and has, as they say, "the classic right".

 

 

 

 

 

Donatella Baglivo

 

Director, producer and film editing expert At 18 years old make her debut as editor for first feature length movie. After editing works for RAI programs, she founded CIAK STUDIO at 19, becoming the youngest female entrepreneur in italian cinema. Donatella Baglivo began her intense activity in RAI and privates, editing for documentaries, surveys, advertsing and teleplay. Many works includes: “La città del sole” (1973) directed by Gianni Amelio, a TV special about director Theodoros Anghelopulos (1979) (awarded at 50th Venice Film Festival) and another one about Eugène Ionesco. In 1981 she goes in America for nine movie about Hollywood Star System: James Dean, Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, etc. As director in 1982 makes a trilogy about Andrei Tarkovskij (competitor at 37th Cannes Film Festival) also presented in 1984 at Harvard University of Cambridge (USA). In 1995, for centenary of cinema, Donatella begins to work for “I GRANDI DEL CINEMA ITALIANO”, a biographic series project which are completed 50 titles of 100 expected (as 2016).In 2011 she receives Honoris Causa degree from Lviv National Academy of Arts in Ukraine. From 2015 director Donatella amplifies her activites on cultural and social disciplines in Italian and foreign countries, including researches, studies and education for young students around the world and a cinema museum dedicated to Andrey Tarkovskij in “Spazio Cinema Alfredo Bini”, located at Montalto di Castro (VT).

In 2017 she directed “Il futuro in una poesia” produced in association with Zeroconfini Onlus and Antonica s.r.l.

 

 

THE STARS OF ITALIAN CINEMA

Directors, actors and actresses, but also the technicians that made history of Italian cinema great.

The very first audiovisual encyclopedia of Italian Cinema, conceived, realized and directed by Donatella Baglivo.

 

Manv years of very hard work hale elapsed since Donatella Baglivo conceived the idea for this series: to create the very first authentic audiovisual encyclopedia of Italian cinema.

For its scope and completeness it is a unique piece of work meant to be a passionate tale on Italian cinema narrated directly by stars of the screen and their relatives acquaintances and collaborators.

These talents with their professional and above all human experiences, are the subject and the object of these monographs. Excerpts from classics and less known works, photographs, new reportages and interviews enrich each biography helping to filter the myth and to recover the humanitv hidden behind the stardust. This gives us a chance to discover the “real” people, their lives, and careers, as well as reasons behind their personal and professional choices.

Each biographv contains, where possible, an interview with the talent. Questions are designed to discover everv aspect of their life and career, so as to unveil the causes their existential choices. Starting from their family background, we witness their first steps in show business through to lame. Archive footages are inserted in the form of notes and digressions to enrich this material. The smooth transition from images to interviews and the clever editing are such as not to require a narrating voice; there results the unique and fascinating structure of these monographs. At times the effect may be harsh, at others strongly emotional, but always filtered by the ironic gentleness of the author, which is her distinguishing trademark.