Golden Age on center stage at Venice

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The Venice Film Festival will include a retrospective of 33 films and productions from the Golden Age of Italian cinema, organizers said Thursday.

The program, titled "These Phantoms: Italian Cinema Rediscovered (1946-1975)," will feature a series of rediscovered and restored productions. The films were restored by the Venice festival with the National Film Archives and the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Although few of the titles will ring a bell with casual film fans, the lineup of films, collections and segments boasts many of the most iconic names in Italian film history, including Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vittorio De Sica, Lina Wertmueller, Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini.

Organizers said the films "have remained simply titles in filmographies or dusted down for late-night viewing for some channel, but in general they have been overlooked by even the most attentive of the recent general histories of cinema reviewing Italian film."

The productions will screen throughout the 65th edition of the Aug. 27-Sept. 6 festival. (partialdiff)
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