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Cinecittà: a Retrospective of Italian Film
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Cinecittà: a Retrospective of Italian Film

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An exhibition in Nice brings together 56 photographs from the golden age of Italian-French cinema.
Cinecittà a Nizza
Cinecittà a Nizza

Marcello Mastroianni and Sofia Loren, but also Jacques Tati and Jeanne Moreau. There is also a picture of Alberto Moravia at a press conference seated next to Jean-Luc Godard, who rejected authorship of the Italian version of his film ‘Le Mépris’ (1963).

The Consulate General of Italy in Nice is hosting the exhibition ‘CINECITTÀ, Retrospettiva del Cinema italiano’ (CINECITTÀ: a Retrospective of Italian Film), which brings together 56 photographs taken by photojournalist Rodrigo Pais during the golden decade of Italian film production. The exhibition bears witness to the fruitful relationship between the Italian and French film industries, known as the ‘Italian-French Axis’. In the aftermath of the Second World War, a bilateral agreement was signed in October 1949 between the Direzione Generale dello Spettacolo (Directorate General of Entertainment) and the Centre National de la Cinématographie (National Centre of Cinematography), a series of co-production agreements acknowledging the dual nationality of film productions.

In the decade that followed, well documented in Rodrigo Pais’s photographs, French directors, actresses and actors came to the Italian capital to make films or to advertise films that were ready to be released on the domestic market. Unforgettable photoshoots with Jacques Tati, interviewed by the journalist Carlo Mazzarella for the presentation of the film ‘My Uncle’ (‘Mon Oncle’, 1958) and with Francois Truffaut, who was in Rome together with Jeanne Moreau for the presentation of the film ‘Jules and Jim’ (1962).

Nearly 50 years after these images were taken, a new relationship has been forged between Italy and France thanks to the Franco-Italian cultural association Les Ateliers de CriBeau, which conceived and produced the exhibition, in collaboration with the Alma Mater Studiorum at the University of Bologna and the University Library of Bologna.

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