Bellocchio’s Cossiga is not the man described by the closest witnesses

In the book ‘Francesco Cossiga – Una vita per la patria’ the personal traits emerge, which cannot be separated from the public ones, of the politician and the statesman

It’s causing discussion ‘outside night’the mini-series in three episodes signed by Mark Bellocchio, which revisits the kidnapping and killing at the hands of Aldo Moro’s Red Brigades. Above all, it does so by giving a new, different light to the people involved. Portraits emerge that move away from the public, institutional profile, to investigate a more intimate, private dimension.

The question that recurs, and that anyone who has seen the work can only ask themselves, is whether the characters, Francesco Cossiga, Giulio Andreotti, Paul VI, the members of the Red Brigades, Aldo Moro himself were really as Bellocchio tells them. For each of them the direct testimonies, the reconstruction of history and the share of free artistic interpretation should be measured.

Among the most significant figures in the filmmaker’s work, that of the former Head of State Cossiga, at the time of the events narrated Minister of the Interior. In this case, the traits identified by Bellocchio are far from the memories collected in the book ‘Francesco Cossiga – Una vita per la patria’, in which the profile of the Cossiga man emerges, according to the people who were closest to him. Moments in which “the image of a friend erased that of a politician and statesman”. They are also mentioned in the book “the tormented days of the kidnapping of Aldo Moro” but are also linked to “the image of the thoughtful father of the family”, far from Cossiga alone and far from the affections of the family that ‘Esterno notte’ describes.

Bellocchio dwells on loneliness. The book edited by Andrea da Passano contributes to restoring the human, personal and family traits of the Cossiga man that cannot be omitted when speaking of the political and statesman Cossiga.