It’s all for Gina Lollobrigida, the great actress and diva among the most loved of our cinema, who passed away this year, the first important event of the Venice Film Festival number 80, (DISCOVER THE SPECIAL). with the Pre-opening of the Festival in Sala Darsena on the evening of Tuesday 29 August, when they will be screened in world premiere Portrait of Gina (1958, 27′) by Orson Wellesin the version restored for the occasion by the Filmmuseum München in collaboration with Cinecittà, e The provincial (1953, 113′) by Mario Soldatiworld premiere in the version restored for the occasion by the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia-Cineteca Nazionale, in collaboration with Compass Film. In the video at the head of the article you will find an exciting video with images taken from the Cinecittà Luce Archive for the exhibition Gina’s worlds.
The tribute to Gina Lollobrigida: from Portrait of Gina And The provincial
Portrait of Gina And The provincial are included in the program Venice Classics of the 80. Exhibition and are part of the overall project of initiatives dedicated to the great actress conceived by the Undersecretary of Culture Lucia Borgonzoni and by the President of Cinecittà Clare Sbarigia. A project that also includes two photographic exhibitions, in Rome and on the Venice Lido, as well as an award for young talents, which will be presented during the Venice Film Festival. “The Ministry of Culture and Cinecittà – they declare Lucia Borgonzoni and Chiara Sbarigia- they immediately wanted to honor the figure of Gina Lollobrigida, already in June with the great photographic exhibition Gina’s worlds, underway in Rome, greeted by an ovation from the media and from numerous visitors, including foreigners. We couldn’t help but wish that the most important event in Italian cinema would also celebrate an actress and a woman who has brought our cinema to the world. In Venice we will see her as the protagonist of two films, works by two masters of the screen, two brilliant intellects of the caliber of Orson Welles and Mario Soldati. And we will see how Gina’s talent, which surprises and enchants us every time, is similar and at the same level as that of the two directors. Because this was Gina, not only the great actress and beautiful diva: but a pure artist. As we will still be able to admire it at the Venice Film Festival”. Portrait of Gina (1958) by Orson Welles is a pilot episode of an ABC television series, never completed, about “people and places” with the great director as a guide. The provincial (1953), by Mario Soldati is a female literary drama based on the homonymous novel by Alberto Moravia and scripted by the director himself. In the role of the protagonist Gemma, Gina Lollobrigida gives one of the best performances of her career.
Gina Lollobrigida according to Orson Welles
In particular Cinecittà contributed to bring to the exhibition Portrait of Gina, in the copy from and brilliantly restored by the Filmmuseum of Monaco. One of the most unique projects of Welles, a reportage that stages the great American director grappling with the description of Italy centered on the beauty of its divas, and of the one that for him is admittedly the most beautiful of all, Gina Lollobrigida. A small film where there is all of Welles in sixteenth note, his style, his brilliant humor, the editing rhythm, some personal obsessions about art and success. A gem, structured as a slow approach to Gina. When the meeting between the two takes place, it is a meeting between equals, a chat between two legends united in the brotherhood of art. The homage of the MIC and Cinecittà to Gina Lollobrigida will continue throughout Festival with a photographic exhibition dedicated to her and Anna Magnani, set up in the spaces of the Hotel Excelsior on the Lido, and with the presentation of the stamp issued by the Italian post office, on 6 September, at the Italian Pavilion.