Note su «Appunti romani»
| COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2005 - 3. Il metodo e la passione. Cinema amatoriale e film di famiglia in Italia
Starting from Appunti romani [Notes from Rome], a cutting film made by the author, this contribution deals with strategies, procedures, outcomes related to a widespread – nowadays – form of expression which eludes strict and consistent rankings. The film is based upon a trip of the memory, both personal and social, through many a representation of the city of Rome. It avails itself in a free form, deliberately and provokingly ‘antidocumentary’ and anti-narrative, of heterogenic contributions taken from public and private archives both from a visual (images from news-reels, family films, fiction works, postcards...) and from a sound-related point of view (popular songs, speeches, nonsense-rhymes...). The cutting, based upon a poetical reconfiguration.
of materials, strengthens the ‘free’ nature of the work which, released from any practical aims (didactic,
institutional etc.), also appeals to gaps, as indicators of the impossibility to leave room for omnicomprehensive
dramaturgies. As a consequence, the showing experience grows into a participation not rational but
‘fusional’ with a glance-megaphone; a sort of experience not cognitive in a direct way but capable to breed a
common page taken from real life and to bind together several heterogenic audiences in a harmonious dimension.
Hence, the found footage becomes an opportunity to perform a new elaboration, which is personal and
collective, private and public, deliberate and unconscious, of the visual imaginaire related to a prismatic and
always evasive object, such as the Eternal City.