H Hour Curfew Time May 6, 1938, “Una giornata particolare”

The post-neorealist cinema of Ettore Scola. It’s May 6, 1938. We’re in Rome on the silent roofs in via Regina Margherita. The rooftop of the Policlinico Odontoiatrico George Eastman is one of two locations where Ettore Scola sets his 1977 masterpiece “Una giornata particolare”. The other one is situated within a short distance, just a… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time May 6, 1938, “Una giornata particolare”

H Hour Curfew Time July 2020

Cultural commodification and Italian cinema after ww2 Few countries in postwar Europe were able to resume their cultural activities in the fields of cinematography after 1945 with such playfulness and endeavor as Italy. It’s one of the interesting incongruences of the autocratic, to say the least, regime during the fascist ventennio, that the so called… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time July 2020

H Hour Curfew Time October 2020

Lamberto Maggiorani and his neorealist alter ego Antonio Ricci Lamberto Maggiorani worked as a turner at the Breda, a former weapon then steel factory from the fascist era, situated just a few kilometers outside Porta Maggiore. At the time Vittorio De Sica was holding auditions for the child character for his upcoming movie, Bicycle Thieves.… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time October 2020

H Hour Curfew Time April 2020

  Rimini, Fellinian Landscape From neorealism to fantastic realism If we ever were to ask ourselves, how do we want to live our lives, would we accept the offerings brought to our attention by technology, commodities developed to create desire, or will we attempt to trust our intimate vision and search for hope in the… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time April 2020

Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985

Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985 “Il 1959 rappresenta un punto di svolta nella storia dell’arte dei suoni.” (Enrico Merlin, 1000 dischi per un secolo) 1958 and 1959 weren’t just ordinary years; they mark a definite break, a turning point in the widespread realms of the aesthetics and the art of listening to music. Miles… Continue reading Sourcing the sound of cool: 1958-1985

The suit and its volumes (1/2)

“There are some people whose entire existence is a study in aesthetics. A total life/art. Hide, the patron of cafestreamline in Tokyo’s Daikan-Yama district, is such an individual.” (Nick Clements on IG feed)