Franco Piavoli – Poesie in 8mm AKA Poems in 8mm [+Extras] (1954-1964)

Description
Poems in 8mm are the early works of Franco Piavoli, digitally restored. Independent short films, captured with a simple Paillard camera, involving no crew and no production. In this collection, one can find Le Stagioni (The Seasons), precursor to Il Pianeta Azzurro (The Blue Planet), Emigranti (Emigrants), a short on immigration in Milan during the Sixties, Domenica Sera (Sunday Evening), and the experimental Evasi (Convicts). These titles, up to this point unavailable to the public in an edition that respects the original state of the film. This also goes for the Piavoli’s first work, Ambulatorio (Surgery), described by the director as mere playing around with the camera. Without music and words, it is nonetheless revealing of an artistic sensibility that would soon show itself in full splendour. Continue reading Franco Piavoli – Poesie in 8mm AKA Poems in 8mm [+Extras] (1954-1964)

Franco Piavoli – Nostos: Il Ritorno AKA Nostos: The Return [+Extras] (1990)

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Synopsis
At the end of the war, Odysseus, the wandering hero, with his companions begins his sail back home to the Mediterranean. The conclusion of his adventure is delayed by many natural obstacles and he takes an internal journey of fleeting memories of his childhood, his parents, love for a beautiful girl, nostalgia for the past, regret for what he did, and the deep silence that envelops everything. He confronts the most terrible loneliness following a shipwreck in which all the comrades perish. Continue reading Franco Piavoli – Nostos: Il Ritorno AKA Nostos: The Return [+Extras] (1990)

Franco Piavoli – Voci nel Tempo AKA Voices Through Time (1996)

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Synopsis
An ode to the cycles of life charts the passages of infancy, youth, maturity and old age against the seasons of the year in the bucolic Lombardy village of Castellaro. Continue reading Franco Piavoli – Voci nel Tempo AKA Voices Through Time (1996)