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”It is with great sorrow that I have to communicate the news of the death of comrade Citto Maselli, which took place a little while ago. I just learned it from his wife, Stefania Brai, who has always been close to him and to whom the supportive embrace of all the comrades of the Party goes”. This was announced in a note by Maurizio Acerbo, national secretary of the Communist Refoundation – European Left party.
Citto (Francesco) Maselli, born in Rome on 9 December 1930 was one of the greatest Italian directors. ”Italian cinema and culture lose a master and a great director, the left a militant intellectual and an example of rigor and consistency”. Citto has always kept the passion that as a boy drove him to join the ranks of anti-fascism and the Resistance. Throughout his life he has put intelligence, sensitivity, passion and critical spirit at the service of a collective project of liberation and transformation ”, continues Maurizio Acerbo. ” After the dissolution of the PCI, which he opposed, he was one of the founders of the Communist Refoundation. He continued to be a militant communist and anti-fascist until his last day. Citto never became an ex, he never posed as a veteran of glorious but past eras. We remember him with us younger with the camera to tell another possible world in Genoa in 2001 and always available to give his contribution to the political and cultural struggle. Citto Maselli was an Italian communist, a re-founder proud of the history of which he had been one of the protagonists, a comrade who never gave up on the idea of revolution”.
“Since give it disbandedI have always chosen to capture Italy’s very serious social conflict, through the perspective of the bourgeoisie, with characters who somewhat summarized this type of conflict. The Losers, woman of the day, The IndifferentsIn hindsight, they all have the same type of protagonist: a character or a group of provincial bourgeois characters who acutely feel the crisis of their social role, in some way of their managerial role, and have the spirit and will to rebel , but they fail.” With these words Citto Maselli describes in an exemplary way the nature of the first films that marked his career