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SPOTLIGHT ON MARCO BELLOCCHIO
Saturday & Sunday, December 18 & 19
"When watching a film, you have to let yourself go completely, just like you do when you are in love. The director should not have to explain everything." —Marco Bellocchio
The Facets Cinémathèque and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago proudly present a Tribute to Marco Bellocchio (b. 1939), one of Italy´s most talented, socially conscious, and respected directors, who has been making films for almost forty years. Ranging from historical epics to family dramas, his cutting examinations of humanity and stunning natural-light cinematography make his films some of the most important work to emerge from Italy in the last half century. He was celebrated in American art-film circles as a post-neorealist, hence a worthy successor to Rossellini, Visconti and De Sica. He is admired as a prolific filmmaker, with about thirty theatrical features in addition to several television series in a 45 year career and remains a perennial provocateur whose work continues to resonate with artistic force.
Presented with the assistance and generous support of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago, Silvio Marchetti, Director. Additional thanks to Cinecittà Luce.
"Extremely powerful... It is morbid, and convincing and written exactly right" -New York Times
"A stunning film, literally" -TimeOut London
"A fierce, punkish mash of political satire and family melodrama" -Chicago Reader
Hailed in Italy as the most important debut of the decade, Bellocchio's first film is a manifesto of youth in revolt, Belloccio's feature is an audacious portrait of dysfunctional upper class family whose epileptic teenage son plots to kill his mother and brother. Tormented by twisted desires, the young man's drastic measures is his solution to rid his grotesque family of its various afflictions in this astonishing 1965 debut from Marco Bellocchio. Charged by a coolly assured style, shocking perversity, and savage gallows humor, Fists in the Pocket was a gleaming ice pick in the eye of bourgeois family values and Catholic morality, a truly unique work that continues to rank as one of the great achievements of Italian cinema. "What is strong and original in the picture is that it shows people just poor enough and just handicapped enough to be unfit to join the community of people for whom happiness is at all possible. One sees such people everywhere, in the cities and in the towns and yet they are very seldom effectively portrayed on film." (New York Times)
Directed by Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 1965, 35mm, 105 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.
Jury Prize NOMINATED Best Film Berlin Intl Film Fest
This unusual film chronicles the night a professor and a female student spend accidentally locked in a museum. When the student finds out that the professor had the keys the entire time, she accuses him of rape. This unusual film looks at the issue of rape from the male point of view, in particular one man's nightmare of being accused of the crime and having no recourse against the accusations of a persuasive "victim." Afterwards, he is surprised to be hauled into court on a charge of "rape without force" and convicted. However, his is not the nightmare vision being considered -- the prosecutor who has won his case begins having nightmares, especially after his girlfriend takes the side of the man he prosecuted. Co-scripted by Bellocchio's controversial psychoanalyst, the movie is a philosophical argument posing challenging questions on the meaning of consent, power, and pleasure.
Directed by Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 1990, 35mm, 92 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.
Sat. Dec. 18 at 5 pm
Best Film Cannes Film Fest
Best Breakthrough Actress Golden Globes, Italy
"A sober, unerringly controlled psychological drama" -Variety
A Pirandello adaptation set in pre-World War I, The Nanny examines the subject of motherhood, a theme that runs throughout Bellocchio's work. A young wife in turn-of-the-century Rome bears a child, but suffers deep postpartum depression and is unable to nurse or even love the baby. A fraught relationship develops when a stern psychiatrist and his estranged wife hire a wet nurse to care for their new-born child. When the father hires a beautiful, illiterate nanny for the child (who has abandoned her own infant son in order to take the job), an explosive situation develops. Though the Roman Catholic Church deemed it blasphemous, most critics were in awe of this provocative drama from Marco Bellocchio, who brilliantly uses this affluent family as a social template that represents the collapse of the bourgeois order in Rome, amid proletarian riots, red flags and Socialist strikes. He exposes the contrast between the world of men and women, wealth and poverty, as well as origins and culture.
Directed by Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 1999, 35mm, 106 mins. In Italian with English subtitles.