The death of Paolo Pietrangeli: from his ‘Contessa’ anthem of ’68 to the G8

Singer-songwriter but also director of the ‘Maurizio Costanzo Show’ and ‘Amici di Maria De Filippi’

The aristocratic world on the one hand, the student and workers’ struggles on the other: all summarized and summarized in one title, ‘Countess’, which is also a political anthem of an era, the sixty-eight, characterized by strong ideological, social, even moral contrasts; all condensed into a piece that is the artistic manifesto of Paolo Pietrangeli, songwriter and television director, passed away today at the age of 76.

The text of ‘Contessa’ – if reread and revisited with today’s eyes and ears – could perhaps even sound ‘subversive’, an incitement if not to violence at least to rebellion. “Comrades from the fields and workshops, take the sickle, bring the hammer, go down to the square, hit with that, bury the system “. And again:” You good people, what peace are you looking for, peace to do what you want: but if this is the price we want war, we want to see you end up under Earth; but if this is the price we paid it: no one in the world should be exploited anymore!“.

They are from 1968 either ‘Countess’ that ‘Giulia Valley’: the first focused on workers’ struggles, the second on student protests, both symbols of 1968. It is difficult to separate the artist Pietrangeli from the political one. Since birth, one could say, given that it takes place in Rome on April 29, 1945, just four days after Liberation of Italy from the Nazi-Fascists. Was son of director Antonio Pietrangeli and at the age of twenty he enters the New Italian Canzoniere for which he composes songs with a strong political and social commitment.

In the seventies he dedicated himself to his activity as a film director first and then a television director, also signing programs such as ‘Maurizio Costanzo Show’ And

‘Friends of Maria De Filippi’

for Fininvest. And if Silvio Berlusconi enters politics in 1994 by founding Forza Italia and placing it at the center-right of the parliamentary camp, Paolo Pietrangeli is a candidate in 1996 for Communist refoundation, without being elected, to then join Sel, the Left Ecology Freedom movement of Nichi Vendola and finally the Power to the People party. The latest documentary is dedicated to the days and violence during the G8 in Genoa: he wanted to ‘have his say’, from ’68 to ‘G8 …

(from Enzo Bonaiuto)