RAI sets series on Italo history

ROME — Giovanni Minoli, director of pubcaster web RAI-3 and one of the most innovative figures in Italian television, has commissioned a group of Italy’s most prominent filmmakers to document 40 years of Italian history, using only archive material from RAI’s extensive vaults.

The series of 50-minute montage films is titled “Arcobaleno Italiano” (Italian Rainbow) and will draw on news footage, TV dramas, variety shows, children’s programs, sporting events and debate forums to portray various aspects of Italian society and culture from RAI’s birth in 1954 to the present.

Among directors participating in the series, Marco Bellocchio will focus on civil and religious ceremonies, Maurizio Nichetti will look at childhood and Gianni Amelio will examine piazza protests and other stadium and crowd events.

Mario Martone will deal with women, Simona Izzo with sexuality, Wilma Labate with the workforce, Ricky Tognazzi with youth, Carlo and Luca Verdone with the North-South divide, Paolo Virzi with the economic boom, Alessandro Di Robilant with sport, Cristina and Eleonora Comencini with unsolved mysteries and Francesca Archibugi with aging.

Other directors involved in the project are Pupi Avati, Alessandro Benvenuti, Alessandro D’Alatri, Marco Tullio Giordana, Carlo Mazzacurati, Giuseppe Piccioni, Salvatore Piscicelli, Daniele Segre and Silvio Soldini.

Produced by Beppe Atene, the series will debut early next year on RAI-3. Each film is budgeted at around $55,000.

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