Italo cities preserving pix

ROME — In an effort to ensure the survival of films produced during the golden years of Italian cinema, the country’s deputy prime minister Walter Veltroni has launched an adopt-a-film initiative, encouraging city councils all over the peninsula to finance the restoration of a film.

Of the 61 municipalities that have so far adhered to the project, many have opted to preserve pics either shot locally or with strong local links.

The first of these, fostered by Rimini, is Federico Fellini’s 1974 foreign-lingo pic Oscar-winner “Amarcord,” which recounts the late director’s childhood in the Adriatic coastal town.

Titles selected to undergo a makeover as part of the program include classics such as “The Bicycle Thief,” “Paisan” and “The Battle of Algiers” as well as silent films, genre pics and comedies, embracing both commercial successes and critical flops.

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