Italian Cinema Celebrated at the Academy Museum

Oct 08, 2023 312

BY: Mariella Salvatori

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, designed by Renzo Piano, celebrated Italian Cinema in collaboration with Cinecittà. Italy has won more Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film than any other country, with 14 wins.

The program, which ran from September 6 to October 4, focused on Italian Cinema/Nuovo Cinema Italiano of the last five years. Featured films included those by renowned directors such as Gianfranco Rosi, Pietro Marcello, Luca Guadagnino, Alice Rohrwacher, Francesco Munzi, Emma Dante, Laura Bispuri, and Adele Tulli. The program concluded with Giuseppe Tornatore's documentary "Ennio" on October 4th.

One of the highlights of the program was a Tribute of Ennio Morricone with the screen of Cinema Paradiso, restored by Cinecittà in 4K. Written and directed by Tornatore, it was the first of his 10 films scored by Ennio Morricone and won the 1990 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Cinema Paradiso was screened on October 1st at the presence of Tornatore and Morricone's sons, Marco and Giovanni, and it received a standing ovation from the 1,000 people in attendance.

Three other films scored by Morricone were also presented: Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, and Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.

Cinecittà CEO Nicola Maccanico and Cinecittà president Chiara Sbarigia emphasized the importance of collaboration with the Academy Museum, particularly in the restoration of old films and the production of new motion pictures. Italy has won 11 Oscars for Best International Feature Film and has been nominated 29 times.

On the last day of the event, a documentary called Ennio, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore about the composer who wrote scores for all of his films, was screened. The documentary is a tribute to Morricone's music, professionalism, and humanity, as well as the friendship that bonded him and Tornatore.

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