John Ford, the masterpieces of the western and the myth of the American foundation

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Introduction John Ford was one of the few directors to win 4 Oscars for directing. A director since the era of silent cinema, John Ford is one of the greatest most important directors in the history of cinema, recognized as a master by colleagues such as Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone, Clint […]

René Clair, from the avant-garde to realism. Who was he, what films to see

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René Clair was born in Paris in 1898. Worldwide he is considered the spirit of French cinema, of which he interprets and summarizes the highest part of the story, a role later assumed by François Truffaut.  Who is René Clair? René Clair is well known in Anglo-Saxon countries and in Italy. In his search for […]

Fernand Leger, the works of Cubism and the film Ballet Mecanique

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Born in 1881, Fernand Leger began as a draftsman for an architect’s studio in Paris in 1903. He was a very eclectic artist, creator of tapestry and stained glass cartoons, decorator, ceramist, sculptor, draftsman, illustrator, costume designer, set designer. Son of a Norman breeder he manages to move to Paris where he is admitted to […]

Jean Epstein, the avant-garde Impressionist cinema

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Born in Warsaw in 1897, Jean Epstein lost his father and moved with his mother and sister, also a future director and screenwriter, to Switzerland. Then they moved to France, to Lyon, where Jean Epstein studied medicine and met August Lumière.  Jean Epstein was a very eclectic personality. He is interested in both cinema and […]

Kaneto Shindo’s independent cinema: movies to watch

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Kaneto Shindo’s beginnings in film  Born in Hiroshima in 1912, Kaneto Shindo grew up in a family of landowners, which then went into disrepair. In 1927 he entered the Shinko kinema studios, where he began working in Japanese cinema, initially as an assistant to the scenography.  He works as a set designer in the famous […]

Fabio Nicosia: music that turns into cinema

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Who is Fabio Nicosia? Fabio Nicosia, born in 1967, was born and lives in Palermo. The first artistic love is music, through which it has been told for 40 years. “I try to see beyond the bush, usually the first idea is the one I reject as it is dictated or suggested by my being […]

Jean Cocteau: cinema as poetry, films not to be missed

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The childhood of Jean Cocteau Born in Maisons-Laffitte, a suburb on the outskirts of Paris, in 1889, childhood Jean Cocteau’s immediately revealed his interest in graphic arts and poetry. In fact, little Jean, being in poor health, spends hours building small puppet theaters in the backyard and drawing.  When he sees his parents often go […]

Chantal Akerman, The cinema of interiority and borders

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Born in Brussels in 1950, Chantal Akerman was born to Jewish parents who emigrated from Poland. His maternal grandparents and his mother were deported to Auschwitz. She decides to devote herself to cinema after being struck by the film The Bandit at 11 by Jean-Luc Godard in 1965 and after a course of study at […]

Silvano Agosti, films as the work of a total artist

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Born in Brescia in 1938, Silvano Agosti graduated in directing at the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome in 1962. He had previously studied film editing at the Moscow film school, where he had met Lev Kuleshov. The thought of Silvano Agosti Silvano Agosti considers each person as the highest masterpiece of nature. In 2009 […]

Ingmar Bergman: the films to watch by the great master of cinema

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Born on July 14, 1918 in Uppsala in Sweden, Ingmar Bergman was one of the most important directors of the history of cinema. His filmography has an extreme coherence in exploring the tensions and anxieties of the human being. Among his dramas are some of the most significant cinematographic works of all time. Ingmar Bergman is […]

Ernst Lubitsch: who he was, the cinematic style, the films to watch

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Introduction Ernst Lubitsch was born in Berlin on January 28, 1892. He was one of the first directors to become a real star in Hollywood and to have a large audience without necessarily relying on the participation of stars in your films. His light style, typical of his films of comedy genre, Lubitsch’s touch was […]

Francois Truffaut, films as a mirror of life

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Introduction  Francois Truffaut was born in Paris on February 6, 1932. He was one of the most influential directors of French cinema. In addition to his activity as a director, he joined that of film critic, in the editorial office of the Cahier du Cinema. He has also often been the screenwriter, producer and actor […]

Robert Bresson: philosophy in his cinema, films to watch

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Introduction Talking about Robert Bresson, in the age of TV series and original films on streaming platforms can be complex. These impeccably packaged films are nothing more than photocopies and re-chewing of previous films, of different artistic depth, which are proposed as new cinematic products. Fortunately, Robert Bresson lived in another era, he was able […]

The movies of Emiliano Dante and the precariousness of existence

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Emiliano Dante was born in L’Aquila in 1974. He is professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Cassino and at the University of L’Aquila. He also directed the Abruzzo Documentary Festival in Pescara. Before starting to make films, he became interested in other arts such as photography, music, writing and theater. From 2003 […]

Amir Naderi: solitude and the search for a place in the world

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Life of Amir Naderi Amir Naderi was born in Abadan, in the Persian Gulf, on August 15, 1946. He never knows his father and loses his mother when he is 5 years old. Orphaned, he survives in Tehran living on the street and doing the most humble jobs. As a teenager he managed to find […]

Forough Farrokhzad: Persian poetry and New Wave cinema

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Forough Farrokhzad was a poet and Iranian director who in the fifties and sixties fought for women’s rights in Iran through her art and her intellectual commitment. She pioneered the avant-garde movement modernist.  Forough Farrokhzad’s Persian Poem Born in Tehran on January 5, 1934, Forough Farrokhzad had a difficult life due to the Iranian regime […]

Alessandro Negrini: cinema and dreams that lead beyond borders

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Who is Alessandro Negrini?  Alessandro Negrini was born and raised in Turin. Even as a boy he was a flaneur, he loved to take long exploratory walks in the city, trying to perceive the stories, people and places in the atmosphere.  Before embarking on a career as a director Alessandro Negrini does various jobs: janitor […]

Federico Mattioni: in search of the lost paradise

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Director, screenwriter, poet, writer and film critic, Federico Mattioni studied at the University of Rome Tor Vergata and graduated in 2006 in the history of cinema.  The beginnings  He started writing short stories and poems from the age of 16, and in the following years He worked as a film critic in various magazines and […]

David Lynch, the films of a director who reinvented the history of cinema

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David’s childhood David Lynch was born in Missoula, Montana, on January 20, 1946. His father, Donald Walton Lynch was a research researcher working for the United States Department of Agriculture, and his mother, Edwina “Sunny” Lynch, is was an English teacher. Lynch lived his early childhood with peace of mind, he didn’t worry about making […]