Festa Roma, from Mastroianni to Audrey. 50 years of cinema in the photographs of Sergio Strizzi

On display from 21 October to 7 November at the Roman Aquarium

From Marcello Mastroianni and Jeanne Moreau on the set of ‘The Night’ by Michelangelo Antonioni to Audrey Hepburn. But also Monica Vitti at the Galfa Tower in Milan and on the set of ‘L’Eclisse’ o Silvana Mangano, Alberto Sordi and Vittorio Gassman in ‘The Great War’ by Mario Monicelli. They are some of the protagonists of the shots of photographer Sergio Strizzi on display from 21 October at the Monumental Complex of the Roman Aquarium, on the occasion of the eighteenth edition of the Rome Film Festival. The exhibition ‘The gaze and the soul – 50 years of cinema in photographs by Sergio Strizzi’ will be open to the public, with free entry, until 7 November.

Twenty unpublished photographs testifying to the aesthetics of Strizzi who, during his career, worked on the main Italian and international film sets, documenting films by legendary directors and portraying actresses and actors of many generations who loved to be photographed by him. Considered one of the greatest still photographers of Italian cinema, Sergio Strizzi began his career as a young photojournalist. In 1952 he moved to the film industry as a still photographer for the film ‘The 11 Musketeers’, directed by Ennio De Concini and Fausto Saraceni. Since then he has worked with the greatest Italian directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Alessandro Blasetti, Alberto Lattuada, Mario Monicelli, Elio Petri and Francesco Rosi; as well as with many internationally renowned directors such as Joseph Losey, John Huston, Cy Enfield, Peter Yates, Terence Young and Terry Gilliam.

Thanks to his growing reputation, he was the still photographer for a series of James Bond films: From Russia With Love, You Only Live Twice, For Your Eyes Only, starring both Sean Connery and Roger Moore. In the mid-seventies, when Life magazine published an article about the return to cinema of Audrey Hepburnthe latter he personally requested Sergio Strizzi as photographer for the work. In 1980 you shot on the set of John Huston’s Victory with Michael Caine, Silvester Stallone and Pelé. In the nineties, Sergio Strizzi worked with Roberto Benigni (Life is Beautiful and Pinocchio), Giuseppe Tornatore (The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean and Malena), Ettore Scola (Unfair Competition) and Liliana Cavani (Ripley’s Game).

During his career he has documented over a hundred films, including the television blockbusters Marco Polo by Giuliano Montaldo and Cristoforo Colombo by Alberto Lattuada. The essence of his art is to be able to enter a world that goes beyond the captured image. In the shots on display, not only are portraits, moments and faces revealed, but we perceive the atmospheres, the intimate universes of those captured in that moment. Sergio Strizzi has laid bare the feelings and soul of the great protagonists of cinema with whom he has entered into dialogue in his long career as a photographer. The exhibition is curated by the Strizzi Archive at the Casa dell’Architettura in the monumental Acquario Romano complex in Piazza Manfredi Fanti 47, with opening hours from 21st to 29th October, every day from 10.00am to 7.00pm (10.30pm on weekends); while from 30 October to 7 November every day except Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 19.00.