Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ettore Scola: Italy mourns its last great Maestro – Le Figaro

The Italians make a major national tribute to the great director, died Jan. 19 at the age of 84. A chapel will be erected Thursday at the Casa del Cinema in Rome.

From our correspondent in Italy

Italy booked a national tribute to a great director both melancholic and ironic that deeply marked his time for half a century. A chapel will be erected Thursday at the House of Cinema.

The President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella praised the “extraordinary sensitivity” of a Maestro who was able to “tell the stories, characters and the important periods of our contemporary society.” For Matteo Renzi, Ettore Scola was “master in the art of observing acute Italy, its society, its changes”.

On Wednesday morning, the filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore, former and current Ministers of Cultural Heritage and Bruno Walter Veltroni Franceschini visited together with the family. For Franceschini, Ettore Scola was “an extraordinary man, young until the last day of his life.”

“A bulky but generous father”

“I have 84 years. I think it’s good like that. That is enough, “said recently Ettore Scola Paolo Sorrentino, at a dinner. The Maestro was gone gently Tuesday night in a Roman hospital, watched by his wife Gigliola and her two daughters Paola and Silva, his closest collaborators: “It was a cumbersome father, but extremely generous. The family was everything to him, “have they commented.

Paolo Sorrentino,” This is the last of a generation that Maestro has given its credentials to Italian cinema. We are definitely all more alone today. ” The Maestro was also aware of the void he would leave the point of fun in “to whom will you ask about me when I’m gone? I am the only one left, “he declared.

” Farewell Scola, we had so loved you, “headlined Wednesday morning in a La Repubblica in pastiche Title one of his best films. “We loved you so much. Ciao, Ettore, “took over the Communist daily L’Unità with whom Ettore Scola has long collaborated. The actor Alessandro Gassman, Vittorio whose father was one of the main protagonists of the films of Scola, emphasizes “great was his lesson.” And “What a gift he left to Italian cinema!”

A man of great goodness

Paolo Virzi, “no better than he knew human nature. He was able to tell our people by giving him a soul without ever give up taking it a mockery. ” The producer Andrea Occhipinti sees him as “a man of great goodness, a sort of patriarch who kept us under his wing.”

The historian Aldo Tassone remembers Ettore Scola film is ” Southern man (he was born in Trevico near Naples), which debuted in the cartoon at Marc’Aurelio, satirical newspaper of the time, before becoming postwar writer and meet those at the time masters of a genre destined to become famous under the name of comedy in the Italian, Mario Monicelli, the tandem Age & Scarpelli and Ruggiero Maccari. ”

From his first films, “it finds its place with its dark humor between Mario Monicelli more focused on social issues and a Dino Risi who unleashes the comedies of manners”. His irony reach summits with The most beautiful night of my life (1972), a ferocious parody of the trial of a fraudulent tax authorities. From his first film Women Talk to its last, a moving and poetic tribute to Federico Fellini in 2013, Ettore Scola has made 80 scenarios and more than thirty feature films.

Francesco Martinotti, president of the Cinema Writers Association (ANAC), pays tribute to the “energetic and passionate battle” that has successfully conducted in recent years to defend the Cinecittà studios real estate speculation. Mobilizing the ban and backbenchers from all filmmaking in Europe.


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