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”

On the importance of vintage playboy magazines for a cultivated perception of the nude

The variety of words to describe the act of seeing is an indicator for the importance of this activity in our daily life. Watching, seeing, observing, scrutinizing, sensing, pondering, looking or even hearing, for all these activities our eyes are responsible. With the advent of photography this sense though underwent a radical change. With the… Continue reading On the importance of vintage playboy magazines for a cultivated perception of the nude

H Hour Curfew Time November 2020

The Fountain in the Village: While investigating the state of publicly accessible water we found ourselves rediscovering the beauty of fountains. It’s July and August. Summer in the northern hemisphere. Cities become hot and for some of us unlivable. The streets seem to swap their inhabitants for the occasional crowd of urban expeditioneers searching for… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time November 2020

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

H Hour Curfew Time March 2020

On the importance of graphic novels in coping with the imminent now As dystopian as the present may appear, it’s not something new, unprecedented, never seen before. For most of us the terminology used to describe the state we’re actually in, curfew, lockdown, shutdown et al. wasn’t part of an imaginable now. Some may recall… Continue reading H Hour Curfew Time March 2020

H Hour Bologna Time

Chilly January mornings tend to lack the natural sunlight of the warm season. They hide the details of the neoclassical rationalist architecture outside the train station in the artificial shadows of the pre dawn lights. It’s 7:10am. Our connection to Bologna leaves in 2 minutes and we try to lay out the itinerary that awaits… Continue reading H Hour Bologna Time