Venice preps Golden Age retrospective

33 Italian films, productions will screen at fall event

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

The program, called "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 of the films, collections and segments will ring a bell with casual film buffs, the lineup was directed by many of the most iconic names in Italian film history, including Pier Paolo Passolini, Vittorio De Sica, Lina Wertmueller, Mario Monicelli, Dino Risi, Roberto Rossellini and Federico Fellini.

The titles, according to organizers, "have remained simply titles in filmographies or dusted down for late-night viewing for some program, but in general 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 Venice festival, which is set for Aug. 27-Sept. 6.

The complete list of titles follows:

"Un Uomo Ritorna" by Max Neufeld (1946)
"Anni Difficili" by Luigi Zampa (1948)
"Una Lettera all'Alba" by Giorgio Bianchi (1948)
"Il Grido Della Terra" by Duilio Coletti (1949)
"La Citta Dolente" by Mario Bonnard (1949)
"Il Cielo e Rosso" by Claudio Gora (1950)
"Processo Alla Citta" by Luigi Zampa (1952)
"La Donna del Giorno" by Francesco Maselli (1956)
"Leoni al Sole" by Vittorio Caprioli (1961)
"Una Vita Violenta" by Paolo Heusch and Brunello Rondi (1962)
"Screen Tests for Padre Selvaggio" by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1962)
"Agostino" by Bolognini (1962)
"Parigi o Cara" by Vittorio Caprioli (1962)
"La Cuccagna" by Luciano Salce (1962)
"I Misteri di Roma" (collective film) (1963)
"La Bella di Lodi" by Mario Missiroli (1963)
"Italia Proibita" by Enzo Biagi (1963)
"I Basilischi" by Lina Wertmuller (1963)
"Smog" by Franco Rossi (1963)
"Pelle Viva" by Giuseppe Fina (1964)
"Un Mondo Nuovo" by Vittorio De Sica (1964)
"I Mostri" and two unseen episodes (1963) by Dino Risi
"Lo Sceicco Bianco" and unseen scenes for "Lo Sceicco Bianco" by Federico Fellini (1952)
"E il Casanova di Fellini?" by Gianfranco Angelucci and Liliana Betti (1975)
Banca di Roma advertisement with the voice of Fellini
"La Forza e la Ragione" by Roberto Rossellini (interview with Salvador Allende) (1971)
"Arcana" by Giulio Questi (1972)
"Nostra Signora dei Turchi" by Carmelo Bene (1968)
"Fuoco!" by Gianvittorio Baldi (1968)
"Flashback" by Raffaele Andreassi (1969)
"Toh e morta la nonna" by Mario Monicelli (1969)
"L'italiana in Algeri" by Emanuele Luzzati (1968) short
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