Ballando Ballando (Le Bal) by Ettore Scola A masterpiece between cinema and theatre.

Curated by Giorgio Thoeni with the participation of Gino Buscaglia. Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:00pm, Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Verscio.

A 300 page screenplay for a nearly two hour film for music and dance without words and shot in a popular dance hall on the outskirts of Paris. Ballando Ballando (Le Bal) is a 1983 film by Ettore Scola, master of Italian cinema, who died in 2016 at the age of 84.

Scola was the director of unforgettable films like Una giornata particolare (1977) with Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni or La terazza (1980) with Mastroianni, Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi, Jean-Louis Tintinna, and Serge Reggiani. Although the film (Ballando Ballando) was filmed without words, each character had to know his dialogue, said Scola, words that he would never use but to which he would have thought in order to make sense of his movement. Born from a play by French director Jean-Claude Panchenat, Ballando Ballando stages couples, characters, and 20th century history over a period of 50 years. At its release, the film was immediately a hit and in France it was seen by over a million spectators. It also received a nomination at the 1984 Oscars for Best Foreign Film.

The Café Philo event is special this time, as it will include the participation of Gino Buscaglia, who will add insights and considerations which may be a useful key to better understanding the film not only for the benefit of the Accademia students but also to the public who wants to participate.

Gino Buscaglia has worked for RSI for 30 years as a film critic and journalist. His voice and opinions have been an authoritative point of reference for thousands of radio listeners in Italian-speaking Switzerland. He was also President of Castellinaria, the international young film festival of Bellinzona, an event that Buscaglia has seen growing and thriving over the course of its first 30 years of existence.


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