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Italian Film

Thu, November 29, 2007 • 8:00 PM • MEZ BO.306 100 (basement)

Born in Naples on 30 July 1950, Gabriele Salvatores moved while an adolescent to Milan, where he completed his education. In 1972 he became one of the founders of the Elf Theatre (Teatro dell'Elfo), which proposed new forms of show particularly popular with a young adult audience, based on a fusion of text and music. One of these works gave him the inspiration for his feature film debut a decade later: Sogno di una notte di mezza estate (1982) was praised by the critics and received a prize at the Venice Film Festival, although it was not a box-office hit.

Salvatores consequently had to wait another five years to get a second chance, which came with Kamikazen - Ultima notte a Milano (1987). The film features several excellent cabaret artists of the period, most notably Nanni Svampa.

However, box-office success only came with his third film, Marrakech express (1989) in which the director's themes - travel, friendship and a sense of solidarity amongst young people - are finally thrown into sharp relief.


Sponsored by: Il Circolo Italiano

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