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The second edition of L'immagine e la parola

The second edition of L'immagine e la parola



The Festival del film Locarno’s spring event kicks off on 12 April: four days of film, encounters and discussion, focused on the relationship between the moving image and the written word. The event is inaugurated at 17:30 with an encounter with filmmaker Mario Martone and screenwriter Ippolita di Majo, talking about Giacomo Leopardi, at the Teatro di Locarno (Kursaal).
At 20:30 there is a screening of Marcel L'Herbier’s L'Inhumaine, a film that anticipated the artistic avant-gardes, and for this occasion will be accompanied by a live ten-piece orchestra.


The program of saturday 12 April

Teatro Kursaal, Locarno

Leopardi: on stage and film
with Mario Martone and Ippolita di Majo
Admission free

Mario Martone is one of Italy’s leading theater and film directors. His unique artistic approach is based on that extensive dual practice, and on profound theoretical reflections. Martone is completing Il giovane favoloso, a biopic on Giacomo Leopardi, while his current stage production is Operette morali (in Canton Ticino for LuganoInScena).


Teatro Kursaal, Locarno

by Marcel L’Herbier
France • 1924 • 35mm • b/w • 121’ • silent film with intertitles in French
Musical accompaniment: IOIC Improvisers Orchestra 2014

Celebrated singer Claire has a reputation for cold-heartedness, because of the ease with which she rejects the loves of her many suitors. These include a young scientist who is quite ready to die for her. Claire’s aloofness is in fact feigned and the young man’s scientific prowess will help her change her mind. An emblematic work of French Impressionist cinema, the film brought together some of the greatest artists (and future filmmakers) in 1920s France. With live orchestral accompaniment.

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