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Best-Laid Plans

Posted in FILM with tags , , on June 21, 2019 by dcairns


The only thing I managed to take in today, except for some excellent lasagna, pizza and affogato, was SEGRETARIE – UNA VITA PER IL CINEMA, a zippy, light and charming documentary portrait of six secretary/PAs in the heady world of Italian sixties cinema. Working for men like De Laurentiis and Fellini, they survived in a sexist business and kept their integrity.

But, having stayed up all night to catch a very early flight, I was nodding off so had to skip out on UN FRANCAIS NOMME GABIN and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. This festival is full of such regrets, but immortal moments abound also.

Tomorrow I have to make a tough choice between PEPE LE MOKO and Franju’s NOTRE DAME, CATHEDRAL DE PARIS, but after that my choices are practically written for me. More on how this plays out, later…

The Plan

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on June 20, 2019 by dcairns

So, Edinburgh International Film Festival is just starting but we cannot attend! Today, critic and lady novelist Anne Billson arrives from the continent to flat-sit, cat-sit and attend on our behalf — interested parties can see and hear her in The Science of Scary panel discussion.

We jet off for Bologna first thing, or slightly before first thing, tomorrow morning. The fest there, Il Cinema Ritrovato, does not get started properly until Saturday, but on the Friday we have the opportunity to see a new documentary about Jean Gabin, and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE, newly restored. I’m hoping it’ll have the correct poster-paint blue skies and the mismatched dusk shots at the end will be lovingly preserved.

But I’m also tempted by a documentary about six P.A.’s from the glory days of Italian cinema — already this festival is offering tantalising choices!