A celebratrion for Martin Scorsese, guest of honor at “Il cinema ritrovato” film festival. Under the silver screen set up
in a fully-booked Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, the director introduced the
screening of Raging Bull, his 1980
masterpiece dedicated to Italo-American boxer Jake LaMotta and starring Robert
De Niro. Welcomed by Gianluca Farinelli,
Head of the Cineteca, and council member Matteo Lepore, the director told how he
found the idea for the film and remembered its shooting and the greatness of De
In Scorsese’s own words: “The idea came from De
Niro, with whom I had worked on Taxi Driver
and New York New York. I wasn’t particularly interested at first. It was a very
difficult period in my life, but he came to me and convinced me. We found the
right wavelength to make the film I’ve always wanted to make since I was young.”
As for the techniques he used to portray the
boxing world, Scorsese admits he has “never been very sporty. I brought my
ignorance to this experience, but I immediately thought that the camera should
have been inside the ring, just like another boxer.” Regarding De Niro: “That
was an extraordinary performance. In order to do this role, he got trained for
two years in the gym of Jake LaMotta and, as you all know, he decided to get
fat for real to shoot the finale part of the film, and we waited for him to
grow fatter before shooting.”
Scorsese inaugurates the 32nd
edition of Il cinema ritrovato on Saturday 23 June, together with Valeria Golino, Alice Rohrwacher, Jonas
Carpignano, and Matteo Garrone.
He will then present in the Piazza Maggiore a classic of Mexican cinema, Emilio
Fernandez’s 1946 Enamorada, restored
by Scorsese himself.
From Saturday 23 June to July 1, over 500 films
will be screened at the festival: works never seen before, restored classics,
gems discovered thanks to the collaboration of collectors and foundations.
Screenings are for everyone’s taste: from masterpieces such as Bicycles Thieves, Once Upon a Time in the
West, Grease and The Deer Hunter;
to special sections dedicated to actor Marcello Mastroianni, Chinese cinema
from the 1930s, Ingmar Bergman, the film production of 1918.
The festival also presents the latest
restorations from the Cineteca, the silent films by Hohn M. Stahl, auteur
documentaries and a retrospective on films from 1918, the last year of the
Great War and heyday of the Italian ‘diva films.’. The time machine brings us
to rediscover Buster Keaton, Neapolitan cinema from the early 20th
century, Soviet and Chinese cinemas from the 1930s and 1940s. This year’s
Cinema ritrovato also reflects on the historical evolution of the series. Curators
have in fact found one that dates back to 100 years ago, Wolves of Kultur, a riveting American production in 15 episodes.