Wednesday, January 20, 2016

VIDEOS. The grand master of Italian cinema Ettore Scola died – Le Parisien

The Italian leader Matteo Renzi immediately expressed his sadness at the death of this “master in the art of observing acute Italy, its society and its changes.”

In total, he has made nearly 40 films, including “We All Loved Each Other So Much” his first international hit, released in 1974. During his immense career, he has directed the greatest actors, including Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Vittorio Gassman and Nino Manfredi. But also Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Béart and Vincent Perez when he shot in France.

After studying law he had made a very grand entrance into the world of cinema by co-signing many successful scenarios including that of “Hector” and “New monsters” before performing in 1964 his first feature film “Let women.” One of his most important films will come ten years later with “We All Loved Each Other So Much,” which portrays Manfredi, Gassman and Stefano Satta Flores, all lovers of sublime Stefania Sandrelli.

EXTRACT. “We All Loved Each Other So Much” (1974)

The more “political” masters of Italian comedy

In 1976, he emerged as the new master of the Italian comedy with truculent “Ugly, Dirty and Bad”. This high color story in the daily life of a family from a slum in Rome, no other morality than that of thieves and pimps, will be awarded the prize for Best Director at Cannes Film Festival.

EXTRACT. “Ugly, Dirty and Bad” (1976)

The following year, Ettore Scola made his most famous film to date “A Special Day”. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, will interpret a large family of mother and a gay intellectual, discovering to each other in a nascent but impossible love, triumph over fascism background.

EXTRACT . “A Special Day” (1977)

After “The Terrace”, which earned him again rewarded at Cannes in 1980 by the price scenario, it addresses a French period with “The Night of Varennes” (1982) tells the flight of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, then “Le Bal” tells fifty ballroom dance in France for years 30 to 80. Film for which he received three Caesars.

Director engaged, Ettore Scola was a member of the Italian Communist Party (PCI). He even became minister of culture of a shadow cabinet formed in 1989 by the party leaders. He was the most “political” masters of Italian comedy, as the film critic of the daily Corriere della Sera, Paolo Mereghetti, who believes “. He understood where was Italy and few filmmakers have had the lucidity”


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