BOLOGNA FILM FESTIVAL

The Cineteca Film Festival in Bologna runs from July 24 to August 15. It takes place throughout various locations in the city - my favourite being outside in Piazza Maggiore.

 
The Festival program posted in the Piazza Maggiore. It was really hard to get all of it into one shot!

The Festival program posted in the Piazza Maggiore. It was really hard to get all of it into one shot!

Movie Program in Piazza Maggiore

All of the movies that are playing during this film festival are shown in the photo above. If the movie is from the USA then it is probably in English. English movies have Italian sub-titles and vice-versa. Hundreds of chairs are set up in the square facing the very large screen. People, very respectfully and in an orderly fashion, find themselves a chair early. Start time is 9:45pm but people are already grabbing a seat before 8:00pm. It seems like everyone is eating a pizza or a piadini (a few isolated McDonald's bags as well). The attendance is phenomenal; people fill all chairs, the nearby floor space and the steps of San Petronio Basilica. I have been to three movies so far: The Blues Brothers, Accatone and Young Frankenstein -and a long list of movies still to go see. FOR MORE INFO: www.cinetecadibologna.it

ACCATONE (ITALIA/1961) DI PIER PAOLO PASOLINI (116')

ACCATONE (ITALIA/1961) DI PIER PAOLO PASOLINI (116')

This was my first movie that I saw at the Film Festival. It was black and white and in Italian but Ali and I thought we would go anyway. I am so glad that I did. It was a great movie. All you could hear coming from this large crowd was silence - no talking, cell phones, or clinking of glasses. This crowd was here to SEE and FEEL the movie. I have never experienced anything like it. I became hooked on the Bologna Film Festival.

I BLUES BROTHERS (USA/1980) DI JOHN LANDIS (148')

I BLUES BROTHERS (USA/1980) DI JOHN LANDIS (148')

This is a movie that I absolutely LOVE! The first time that I saw it was on VHS so, for me, it was like seeing it how it was originally intended to be viewed. It was awesome to see the audience move to the music and sing the lyrics of some really great Blues songs. Aretha Franklin has a great song in this movie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vet6AHmq3_s. When she's done the crowd cheered and clapped. It was like it was a live performance.