After one year of research punctuated by travels in public film archives, private foundations and meetings with important testimonies of Italian cinema, on September 27h Careof will present the premiere of the film They will say I killed them by Danilo Correale. A solo show that supports the projection of the film with sculptural elements, an artist book and unpublished documents on the research process that led the artist to the realization of the work.
The film is the result of an in-depth investigation into Italian cinema from the 50s to the 80s of the twentieth century that for different reasons have been left on shelves in the form of a screenplay, or filed away in the minds of directors, without ever becoming a film because of censorship.
Moving through the birth of the Republic in 1946 and the political hegemony of the Christian Democracy party, Italian cinema was thwarted by a sort of intermittent castration. It happened for political, religious and moral reasons and in many cases also for economic ones, compelling authors of undeniable prestige to force their stylistic and narrative choices so as to avoid breaking the censorship laws that – notwithstanding the changes and corrections undergone since 1962 – still remain active today.
“They will say I killed them”, is a film that attempts to reconstruct fragments of this forgotten cinema, through a constant interplay of lights, shadows and camera movements. Among the various screenplays that emerged from the researches and readings that have fueled Correale's desire and investigation, themes and taboos are emerged, such as European colonialism, feminism, terrorism, resistance, question of classes and religions alongiside different styles that inspired the making of this film.
This film connects ideally and in the form of pure evocation, six screenplays, but also six film genres and six under-represented subjects from the fall of fascism to the birth of the Italian private TV.
“The period running up to the production was marked by an alternation of conflicting feelings, moments of euphoria and dejection that could acquire meaning only through an act of resistance against an increasingly uninhabitable political present. Hence the need to build a counter-narrative to this little big story, which is not only that of cinema's contribution to Italian mass culture, from post-Fascism to 1984, but also that of a collective cultural history that urgently needs to be deconstructed and rewritten” writes Danilo Correale in the notes of director that appear in the book.
They will say I killed them, it has earned the precious collaboration of many public and private subjects, institutional partners, professionals and single people that we sincerely thank.
The film by Danilo Correale is becoming part of the collection of MART - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto and It will be presented in 2019 at Museum MAC in Belfast, partner of the project.
A special screening will be also presented at Magazzino Italian Art, in Cold Spring, New York, on the 17th November 2018.