Established in 1904 by Gustavo Lombardo, Titanus was a true Italian major which during the 1960s forged a partnership with MGM.
The vast Locarno retro will feature early works by Italo auteurs including Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, Ermanno Olmi, Alberto Lattuada, and genre maestros like Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda, and Camillo Mastrocinque, spanning from the early postwar period through the late 1960s.
The selection of classics and more rarely seen pics will feature a wide array of late and living Italo stars, comprising Alberto Sordi, Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale.
“The idea of telling the history of Italian cinema through it’s greatest ‘dream factory’ is directly connected to the festival’s re-reading of the past, which aims to sweep away old cinematic categories and engrained prejudices,” said Locarno artistic topper Carlo Chatrian.”The Titanus universe is a laboratory where popular and auteur cinema are mixed together and feed off of each other.”
After launching from the Swiss lakeside fest, the Titanus retro will travel internationally, including to the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and to the American Cinematheque and the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.
The 67th edition of Locarno, which is dedicated to global indie, auteur and cutting edge cinema, will run August 6-16.