Action and revenge in the remake of a great classic, proposed for tomorrow’s Rai2 prime time: ‘The executioner of the night’, which for its 2018 version dresses Bruce Willis in the clothes that Charles Bronson had worn in 1974. We are in Chicago, the city of the great gangster films, which in our time is afflicted by very heated and rough violence: Dr. Kersey works in an emergency room and is in daily contact with the victims of urban crime. One day, however, his wife and daughter are attacked inside the house, in a residential area of the city: the police can’t keep up with too many crimes plaguing Chicago, and Kersey decides to take justice into his own hands. But his revenge will soon end up going beyond the circle of criminals who have hit his family, to the point of attracting the attention of the media and of all citizens. And that of the police. Updating the 1974 cult film was no easy job, considering the memorable proportion of the character animated by Charles Bronson at the time. Eli Roth succeeds well, a pupil of Tarantino with whom he shares a stylistic approach to violent scenes which, by exaggeration, manage to hook the cord of irony. It is the key to modernizing a film that already stood out in the seventies for its rawness: great support to the director is given by Bruce Willis, who finds his way to sustain the demanding comparison with Bronson, also thanks to a precedent with Tarantino, who in “Pulp Fiction” had assigned him a role (Butch, the boxer armed with a katana) not a little inspiring for that of revised and corrected executioner.
Giorgio Armani, Monsignor Hilarion Capucci, Yitzhak Shamir, Steven Spielberg, Maurizio Costanzo, Simona Izzo and Vittorio Gassman are the protagonists of the sixth episode of “Mixer. Twenty years of television”, broadcast tomorrow in the late evening on Rai 3 and Wednesday 1 March in prime time on Rai Storia – with which it continues with the retrospective journey into the history of the news magazine by Giovanni Minoli which marked a era. Style, the relationship with success and wealth are at the center of the “face to face” with Giorgio Armani in 1983, while in the same year the tragedy of Palestine is addressed in close interviews with the Greek-Melkite Archbishop of Jerusalem, Monsignor Hilarion Capucci, always active for the Palestinian cause, and with the Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Shamir, among the “hawks” of the Likud. For the entertainment page, Marina Gefter Cervi meets Steven Spielberg on the set of the masterpiece “ET the extra-terrestrial”, which the director, now king of Hollywood, defines as “a film that comes from the heart, which speaks of human relationships, and the Creature is perhaps more human than humans”, while dispensing advice to the young protagonist Henry Thomas and explaining his personal approach to the seventh art. Maurizio Cascavilla in 1985 instead enters Vittorio Gassman’s dressing room, engaged in the theater with Othello; behind the scenes, with him, also his sons Alessandro and Jacopo. For Mixer Psico, Sandra Milo in 1984 invites Maurizio Costanzo and Simona Izzo to her swimming pool to question them about their relationship and the beginning of their love story. The episode closes with Paolo Villaggio as the irreproachable trade unionist Gemma Pontini.
The 19th century in London and New York the first cities to become metropolises: he describes them as “Amsterdam, London, New York. Three cities to conquer the world”, broadcast tomorrow at 21.10 on Rai Storia for “aCdC” with the introduction of the professed Alessandro Barbero. Technological development, the demographic explosion, prefabricated buildings, the lift, the first skyscrapers: the advances of civilization and at the same time the most extreme forms of poverty, hardship and pollution are experienced in the two metropolises. But the town planning of tomorrow is also born and the very idea of a new type of town planning. Next, focus on the invention of the skyscraper, which transforms the face of the metropolis. Building vertically is the solution to the problem of limited building areas. This innovative formula originated in New York, where its skyscrapers are still the symbol of the city today. In England, on the other hand, in the same period the path of “garden cities” was attempted to counteract the social degradation of the megacities.
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The Italian presence in the world in terms of protection, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage: the documentary by Emanuela Avallone, Linda Tugnoli and Silvia De Felice testifies to it “Guardians of memory. The Italian way to heritage protection”, broadcast tomorrow at 7.30 pm on Rai 5. With the historic signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, which took place in Rome on 16 February 2016, Italy was the first country in the world to establish and implement provision of Unesco the Blue Helmets of Culture. To show the most authentic spirit of the Blue Helmets, the doc recounts the mission to Croatia in January 2021, which saw the Carabinieri of the Tpc work side by side, together with art historians and restorers of the Mic, coordinated by Commander Roberto Riccardi and the engineer Paolo Iannelli. Our country has acquired extensive experience in the field of cultural heritage protection not only in Italy, due to the vastness of this heritage and the multiple criticalities deriving from natural disasters, but also abroad. The team has in fact carried out missions in Lebanon (explosion that shocked the capital Beirut in October 2020), in Albania (after the earthquake that hit the country in January 2020) and in 2017 in Mexico, as told by the architect Pierluigi Salvati , the restorers Luciana Festa and Paolo Scarpitti, the photographer Pino Zicarelli and the carabinieri of the Tpc Luigi Spadari and Lanfranco Disibio. In this field Italy has one of its cultural primates: today the Italian approach to restoration is accepted all over the world as the director Alessandra Marino, the archaeologist Maria Concetta Laurenti and the architect Claudio Prosperi, protagonists of important restorations after the destruction of Palmyra by Daesh, in China and in the fortified citadel of Bam, in Iran. The excellence of Italian restoration has traveled all over the world also thanks to the courage and passion of individuals, as well as the commitment of institutions: Carlo Giantomassi and his wife Donatella Zari have made an important contribution during risky missions abroad . Just like the Associazione Restauratori Senza Frontiere, which carried out an important restoration in Persepolis, one of the symbolic places in the history of humanity, demonstrating that the cure also concerns the identity of cultures: Paolo Pastorello and Maria Luisa Laurenzi Tabasso talk about it . ICcrom, a UNESCO body, has also chosen Rome as its headquarters since its foundation in 1956 precisely because of our tradition in restoration, as Valerie Magar recounts, and continues its work around the world for the protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.
Italbasket is in Livorno, where tomorrow evening (9pm, live on Rai Sport HD) they will face Ukraine in the penultimate match of the world qualifying day. With the world championship pass already in his pocket, the blue coach, Gianmarco Pozzecco, is considering the hypothesis of rotating the players called up as much as possible (the Spanish away match in Caceres is scheduled for Sunday 26th), giving space to those who have played less so far and also to newcomers Casarin, Visconti, Cappelletti and Mezzanotte. The goal is to widen as much as possible the group of “blueables” for the World Cup, scheduled from Friday 25 August to Sunday 10 September in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. Italy-Ukraine on Thursday 23 and Spain-Italy on Sunday 26 – duel at 18.00 – will be broadcast live on Rai Sport HD with commentary by Maurizio Fanelli and Alessandro De Pol and interviews by Edi Dembinski.
‘Caro Marziano’, the program filmed and conducted by Pif, broadcast tomorrow at 20.20 on Rai 3, continues to tell the life of Anton and Vittorio. The two boys, despite their disabilities, are at the center of many relationships, family and otherwise, in very busy days in which they are divided between training, day centers, athletic training and museum attendance.
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Italy is a treasure trove of archaeological treasures that continue to emerge and amaze. But at what stage is the restoration of the votive statues recently found in San Casciano dei Bagni and of the Hercules accidentally discovered in Rome during road works? And what more is known about their history, will there be more research? And when can they be exhibited? “Tg2 Italia”, the current affairs column hosted by Marzia Roncacci, broadcast tomorrow at 10 on Rai 2, is answered by the Special Superintendent of Rome, Daniela Porro, and Marco Pacifici, a researcher at the University of Foreigners of Siena. And, again, the director of the Pompeii Archaeological Park, Gabriel Zuchtriegel, will explain what other wonders can emerge from the new excavations in the most important archaeological site in the world. Finally, in the second part of the episode, the usual “Itineraries” space, with proposals for the weekend of exhibitions, museums, appointments and places to visit.
For the ‘Strange worlds’ cycle, the film “Signs” (USA 2002), directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin, will be broadcast on Thursday 23 February at 21.15 on Rai Movie. The plot: the mystery of the crop circles, over the years a passion of all ufologists, would actually be a threat to be taken seriously. Graham Hess, a Protestant pastor and landowner in Pennsylvania, is grappling with huge circles, perfectly cut out of his wheat fields. Unfortunately, this is no joke: the circles are signs of an extremely hostile and ferocious alien species, which triggers a battle to the death with Hess and his family. Shyamalan’s style, often suspended between mystery and paradox, is colored in this film with a marked horror tint. And what is not lacking is precisely the tension, which from the beginning to the end never leaves the viewer, thanks also to an excellent job in directing children and teenagers.
On the eve of the anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, tomorrow at 11.35 pm on Rai 1 and Rai Italia, ‘Porta a Porta’ will devote ample space to the conflict that has changed Europe. Among Bruno Vespa’s guests: Andrii Yermak, head of the President’s Office Volodymyr Zelensky; General Claudio Graziano, president of Fincantieri; Rosario Maria Gianluca Valastro, president of the Italian Red Cross; Kateryna Prokopenko, wife of Azov commander Denis Prokopenko and Andrea Margelletti, president of Cesi, International Studies Center. In the second part, to celebrate the 5,000 episodes of the ‘L’Eredità’ program, Bruno Vespa will host Carlo Conti and Flavio Insinna in his living room.