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Il sorriso del capo

Film Information

Exhibition Title Il sorriso del capo
Original Title Il sorriso del capo
English Title The Smile of the Leader
Director Marco Bechis
Year 2011
Format Digibeta
Colour Color + B&W
Duration 74'
  • Intérpretes / Cast: Riccardo Bechis
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: Marco Bechis, Gigi Riva
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Alvise Tedesco
  • Edición / Editing: Iacopo Patierno, Marco Bechis
  • Producción / Producer: Marco Bechis
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Cinecittà Luce, Karta Films
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Benito Mussolini’s ”politics of gesture” has motivated a considerable amount of analysis. And one of the best studies of it, Massimo Cardillo’s Il duce in moviola, dedicates one of its finest chapters to observe the Duce’s gestures in relation to his presence in the Luce news reel. In Il sorriso del capo, Marco Bechis works on that presence in the impressive Luce news reels with a first person storytelling and a narrator who only reveals himself at the end of the film. That voice –which is never intrusive or omnipresent– observes the events and establishes different kinds of connections with the official news reel’s documentary images. It produces either an ironic effect, or rather denies them, or duplicates them. With a voice from the present and the images and sounds of the past, the film always recovers that link that exists between subjective memory and historical facts, which gave Bechis’ cinema –Garage Olimpo, Figli– its power and singularity.

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