Cinema Ritrovato: Cineteca di Bologna's Festival of Rare and Restored Films

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
8:00 PM
Memorial Union Building Theater I
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Victimas del pecado (Victims of Sin). Directed by Emilio Fernández. Mexico, 1951, 90', Spanish version with English subtitles

Victims of Sin is a magnificent, canonical Mexican melodrama (with several Cuban imports) of the ‘cabaretera’ subgenre, a daring, realistic and even cruelly dramatic tear-jerker thumbing its way through a series of disasters and injustices to what appears to be a really welcome happy ending, only to go on with further catastrophes. Emilio “El indio” Fernández manages to integrate several fantastic dance numbers of the star Ninón Sevilla, a song by the great Pedro Vargas and some mambo music by Pérez Prado and orchestra. Photography by Gabriel Figeroa.

Restored in 2017 by Cineteca Nacional Mexico.

Daniel Chávez, UNH Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, will provide an introduction to the film.

About the series: Each summer, the Cineteca of Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned centers for film restoration—seat of the Charlie Chaplin and Pier Paolo Pasolini archives—presents a nine-day film festival featuring restored films, early silent cinema, and director portraits. During the festival, titled Il Cinema Ritrovato (Rediscovered Cinema), more than 500 titles are presented in six cinemas and on a giant screen at a free outdoor screening in the fifteenth century Piazza Maggiore, in Bologna, which turns into a 2,000-seat open-air movie theater for the entire summer (Sotto le Stelle del Cinema). Il Cinema Ritrovato has been defined as “pure heaven for cinéphiles.”

This year, UNH is partnering with the Music Hall, Portsmouth to bring a number of films from Il Cinema Ritrovato to New Hampshire for the first time. Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour!


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