This second program of Risi’s recently rediscovered documentaries, made between 1946 and 1950, features experiments in form and genre: Buio in sala, his early attempt at combining comedy and neorealism; and Truth Serum, his fascinating, Rashomon-like meditation on the relativity of truth. Also included is Paradise for 3 Hours, about a suburban dance hall, his contribution to the 1953 anthology film Love in the City.
Buio in sala. 1948. In Italian; English subtitles. 12 min.
“Paradiso per 3 ore,” from L’amore in citta’ (Love in the City). 1953. Italy. Directed by Dino Risi. Screenplay by Dino Risi, Marco Ferreri, Luigi Malerba, Tullio Pinelli, Vittorio Veltroni, Aldo Buzzi, Cesare Zavattini. In Italian; English subtitles. 12 min.
Il siero della verità. 1949. In Italian; English subtitles. 75 min.