In the second appointment with “La Grande Storia”, tomorrow at 21.20 on Rai 3, Paolo Mieli talks about young people in Italy in the 1950s. A generation passing between the war years and the economic boom years, a society marked by a very traditionalist culture, with a family that is the custodian of safe and immutable values and with well-defined roles assigned to men and women. A society in which social differences are strongly marked: Southern Italy, where pockets of poverty remain, is marked by migration to an industrial North where modernity is beginning to appear. Customs and morals in Italy in the 1950s in which the Catholic Church made its full weight and influence felt. The model of chastity for young women and a sexuality that should never be named. Finally, the generation of baby boomers, the children of the “economic miracle”, who in the Italy of the sixties will take possession of the public scene. Music, fashion, customs, rebellion against a world of adults in which young people cannot and do not want to recognize themselves anymore. La Grande Storia is a program of Rai’s Culture and Educational Directorate.
The gestation and realization of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Queen’s most emblematic song: the doc is reconstructed tomorrow at 11.00 pm, on Rai 5. After the tiring beginnings, the group finds success with the fourth album, “A Night At The Opera ”, launched above all by the single Bohemian Rhapsody, a song made up of three distinct parts that express the different souls of the group: hard rock, melodic inspiration and orchestration, with a touch of whimsy. The song reaches a huge audience thanks to the video, perhaps the true precursor of the genre, and somehow becomes the artistic testament of the late Freddie Mercury.
A visit to the Uffizi Museum in Florence with the art historian Antonio Paolucci. It is proposed by the appointment with the series “Museo Italia”, broadcast tomorrow at 19.20 on Rai 5. It starts from Piazza della Signoria, the symbolic heart of the city. In front of the copy of Michelangelo’s David, symbol of Florentine freedom and good governance, the Loggia dell’Orcagna or dei Lanzi is for visitors an open-air Uffizi room: rich in marble and bronze sculptures from both the Renaissance and the classical antiquity, allows every passerby that experience of Beauty, which anticipates the encounter with the treasures of the Uffizi, a few meters away. The Uffizi palace, whose name indicated precisely the offices of the bureaucratic power it hosted, was built at the behest of the Medici in a few years by Vasari who, as Professor Paolucci recalls, wrote that he had built it “above the river and almost in the air” . In the Uffizi rooms each work is a masterpiece, as in an ideal anthology each pictorial work testifies to a specific moment in the history of art, a technique, a way of conceiving the world. From the “Polyptych of Badia” by Giotto to the Annunciation by Simone Martini, from the Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano to the “Madonna and Child with St. Anna” by Masaccio and Masolino, to the Paolo Uccello of the Battle of San Romano we see taking shape , in its highest examples, humanistic art. In the Botticelli room, Professor Paolucci explains how in the comparison between the works of the Florentine painter with the Fortinari Triptych by Hugo van der Goes we can understand the two Renaissance of Europe: Flemish naturalism and perspective vision, Italian classicism. And more masterpieces of the sixteenth century from Michelangelo’s Tondo Doni to Raphael, a painter of Italian beauty, forward in the history of Italian painting to the drama of the hypnotic gaze of Caravaggio’s Medusa. In the sign of the relationship between architecture and landscape, Professor Paolucci leads into the Vasari Corridor, the extraordinary covered air road of almost 1 kilometer that connects the Uffizi to Palazzo Pitti: the private path of the Medici to reach the palace passing over the Arno, above Ponte Old as if they “rode the city”.
On Rai Storia ‘The waltz of the thrones and the outbreak of war’ – On Rai5 ‘La rondine’
Henry IV is assassinated in 1610 by a religious extremist. His son Louis XIII is only 8 years old, he is too young to govern and the regency remains in the hands of his mother Maria de ‘Medici and his Italian advisers, Concino Concini and his wife. The regent’s policy leads France to a new phase of instability and ignites a bitter power struggle within the court between Maria de ‘Medici and the young monarch. The appointment with Professor Alessandro Barbero and with the third episode of the new series of “aCdC”, “1590-1643 For the faith and for the throne. At the origins of modern Europe ”, is proposed tomorrow at 21.10 on Rai Storia. Following “The outbreak of war”: consolidated his power, the young King Louis XIII must face the political tensions caused by the attitude and intrigues of his wife, Anna of Austria, belonging to the Habsburg family, sovereigns of Spain and traditional enemies of France. Louis XIII relies on the Machiavellian skill of his private advisor: Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Richelieu, to control his court and defeat external enemies.
He opened the 2017/2018 opera season of the Teatro dell’Opera di Firenze. It is Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La rondine” – broadcast tomorrow at 9.15 pm on Rai 5 – in the staging curated by Denis Krief who also signs lights, sets and costumes. Conductor Valerio Galli, protagonists on stage Ekaterina Bakanova Matteo Desole Hasmik Torosyan Stefano Antonucci Matteo Mezzaro. The TV direction is by Daniela Vismara. The opera, composed between May 1914 and April 1916, was initially intended for the Carltheater in Vienna, but due to the war the contract was terminated. The protagonist of the opera, Magda, loves the Parisian social life and aspires to a romantic and passionate love; her meeting with Ruggero appears to satisfy her desire, but when he is about to marry her she decides to return to her old lover, the banker Rambaldo.
Michael Portillo visits the heart of the territories of the Austro-Hungarian Empire to retrace the stages of its dissolution, in “Trans Europe Express”, broadcast tomorrow at 20.10 on Rai 5. Portillo departs from Linz, in northern Austria, retracing the steps significant of the Nazi rise in the postwar period. He reaches České Budějovice, in the Czech Republic, and the capital, Prague. He continues east to Brno, to then reach Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, on the trail of the historical events that have redrawn the map of Europe.
Rai Movie pays homage to Wolfgang Petersen with ‘Overwhelming Proof’ – On Rai3 ‘Past and Present’
Rai Movie pays homage to Wolfgang Petersen, the recently deceased director, by broadcasting, in the late evening, the film “Overwhelming Proof” which sees in the cast, among others, Tom Berenger, Greta Scacchi, Bob Hoskins. Dan lost his memory following a car accident that also horribly disfigured him and for this reason his face was reconstructed with plastic surgery. Thanks to flashbacks, he remembers having discovered that his wife Judith was cheating on him and having hired a private investigator to follow her. In his flashbacks, a shattered glass and a gun also appear, but he can’t understand their meaning …
In the last two decades of the 19th century, a frightening wave of attacks rocked Europe. Most of the Italian anarchists carry them out. At “Passato e Presente”, broadcast on Thursday 18 August at 1.15 pm on Rai 3 and at 8.30 pm on Rai Storia, Paolo Mieli analyzes the events and origins of Italian anarchist terrorism with Professor Elena Papadia. In June 1894 Sante Caserio kills the President of the French Republic Sadi Carnot with a stab. In the summer of 1897 Michele Angiolillo fired three revolver shots at the Spanish Prime Minister Antonio Cánovas del Castillo. But the death that strikes international public opinion most of all is that of the Empress of Austria Elisabeth of Wittelsbach, known as Sissi, on 10 September 1898. To kill her, in Geneva, with a file used as a dagger, is another Italian anarchist: Luigi Lucheni. Less than two years pass and it is the turn of the king of Italy Umberto I of Savoy. Already escaped from two attacks, on 29 July 1900 he is attacked by Gaetano Bresci, who explodes against him four revolver shots. Regicide closes the era of terrorism, which, under the black flag of anarchy, has bloodied Europe.
First appointment, Thursday 18 August at 7.45 on Rai 3, with the section dedicated to Italians abroad who on 25 September will be called to elect their representatives in Parliament. The first of the three scheduled episodes is dedicated to the Europe Division. The episodes on North, South and Central America Breakdown and Africa, Oceania and Antarctica Breakdown will air respectively on 25 August and 1 September on Rai 3 at 7.45am and on Rai Italia. Furthermore, on Thursday 18 August at 11.20 pm on Rai 3 and in rerun on Rai Radio 1 at 11.40 pm, the second appointment will be broadcast with interviews with the representatives of the political forces present in Parliament. Guests of the episode will be the honorable Raffaella Paita of Italia Viva, the honorable Andrea Delmastro Delle Vedove of Fratelli D’Italia, the honorable Laura Castelli of Together for the Future, Luigi Brugnaro of Coraggio Italia. The broadcast is translated into Italian sign language and subtitled on Teletext.