Poetry and Rigor: The Films of Gianni Amelio

November 18–30, 2005

MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art and Cinecittà Holding co-present twelve remarkable films by Gianni Amelio, the most prominent member of Italy’s “middle generation” and one of contemporary cinema’s most dynamic and engaging filmmakers. The exhibition demonstrates the director’s astounding cinematic vitality—whether working in documentary or narrative—and his deep roots in neorealism, re-envisioned as a highly personal cinema dedicated equally to aesthetic innovation and sociopolitical insights. An enriching apprenticeship as assistant director offered Amelio incomparable craftsmanship, and his distinct visual talent is characterized by a language defined by rigor as well as sensitivity. Distinguished by finely textured characterizations, his films often focus on young people who experience growing pains and long for love from adults, and wounded characters who discover how to live through, or in spite of, pain and suffering. All films in Italian with English subtitles.

Co-presented by The Museum of Modern Art and Cinecittà Holding, the exhibition is organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film and Media, and Antonio Monda, Professor, Department of Film and Television, New York University.

The exhibition is made possible by the generous collaboration of MiBAC Direzione Generale Cinema and Cinecittà Holding (Alessandro Usai), and co-organized with Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Cinecittà Holding. With special support of Rai Cinema (Giancarlo Leone and Cecilia Valmarana [Italy] and Guido Corso [New York]), the Italian Cultural Institute, New York (Claudio Angelini and Amelia Carpenito), Lakeshore Entertainment, Ripley’s Film, Cecchi Gori Group, Istituto Luce, Rizzoli Audiovisivi, RTI, and Urania Pictures.

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