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 Niro.


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.