Kultna talijanska tv-serija tandema Cipri-Maresco. Sicilijanska satira talijanskog društvenog uma. Pasolini režira Malnarovu Nigtmare Stage. Improvizacija, dugi kadrovi, tišina, paradoksi, provokacije, bizarni rubni likovi...
Cenzurirali su ih gadno zbog napada "na ljudskost" i sve moguće "vrijednosti". Njihov film Toto koji je živio dvaput potpuno je sulud i vizualno fascinantan (verzija na YouTubeu ima engleske titlove). Cipri & Maresco napravili su još nekoliko tv-serija i filmova a onda se razišli.
Snimka oduševljenja nekoliko trenutaka nakon što se Isus rodio u betlehemskoj štalici:
Incertamente! Cinico TV 1991-1996:
Daniele Ciprì (Palermo, 1962) is an italian director, cinematographer and screenwriter, and was part of the duo Ciprì and Maresco. Along with is collegue Franco Maresco, he created and directed the cult TV series “Cinico TV”, aired on RAI3, as well as other programs like “I Migliori Nani della Nostra Vita” and “Ai Confini della Pietà”.
They’ve also directed three full lenght movies, which soon reached a cult status due to their iconoclastic nature: their second movie, “Totò che visse due volte” has been accused of blasphemy and it’s banned from italian television. Recently the duo split up, and both of the directors work with their own projects. He has cured the cinematography for the movies “La Pecora Nera” and “Vincere” and he’s now working as a director on a new project with Toni Servillo as the main actor.
Totò che visse due volte (1998) (sub.eng,fre,esp...ita).Film completo:The film has three stories. First is about local village idiot Paletta, who can not afford the services of a whore and so steals a locket from a holy shrine belonging to local mafia don. Second shows the story of betrayal of Pitrinu (who's dead now) by his lover Fefe. Final episode is about lowlife Lazarus. He is killed by mob boss Toto, but raised from the dead by a local messiah, who is also known as Toto (and is played by same actor).
Cipri and Maresco, enfant terrible of Italian cinema, are considered the most original filmmakers of their country. Strongly revolted against the mediocrity of contemporary Italian cinema, its hypocritical and narcissistic comedies to uninterrupted flow of words, and especially its film policies which are intended to be informers of injustice. The two directors, who reject paresse narratives, are not concerned about writing a scenario built and of meaning. They focus on improvisation, long shots, silence, black and white dialects, the paradoxes and provocations.
Claiming the influence of classical Hollywood cinema (John Ford, Howard Hawks, Laurel and Hardy), and obviously impregnated films of Pier Paolo Pasolini and Luis Buñuel, Cipri and Maresco make together since 1986, films which are immersed in popular culture of their city, Palermo, and in which we find this characteristic humor tinged with a tragic and metaphysics (eg Pirandello).
Toto who lived twice has been shown in the official selection at Berlin in 1998 and banned in Italy even before its release: "This film is an attack against the sacred against the man. Nothing can be cut. This is a message not pointless and perverse, totally negative", said one of the censors. What the directors say: "Our film is a film with a religious sense of the sacred other than blasphemy. Of course, our messiah is of Palermo, it is not traditional". Many filmmakers, fans of the work of Cipri and Maresco, have argued during the trial, Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Bellocchio, Fernando Solanas, Mario Monicelli, Giuseppe de Santis and Mario Martone for example.
Franco Zeffirelli escribió: I must confess, from the bottom of my heart, my sadness and my discomfort to such a film devoid of any form of sentiment and values. In what society do we live? Why do you thus these films? Should be the heart of the matter. This is something that is deeply against humanity, society and the fundamental values of man and I think that in a case like this, total censorship is necessary. And as for me I will not see this movie because I already know what it is and I do not want to sully my eye.
Daniele Cipri and Franco Maresco suffered very severe attack from many people who even publicly admitted not having seen the film. Leonardo Ancona, psychologist and chairman of the committee of censorship, said that the film was an attack against the Italian people and against all humanity and that Cipri and Maresco were two psychopaths who hate the world.
The outright ban of the film has created a scandal in Italy, and the first consequence was the abolition of the film censorship in this country which was one of the last European countries to practice. The film released six months later (prohibited under 18), but battalions of Catholic fanatics crash before the cinemas to prevent access to viewers. As the producer, directors and co-screenwriter of the film, they will be accused of contempt and attempted fraud against the state. The trial, which lasted two years, will finally be won by them. But during that time, they will be deprived of any subsidy for their projects.
Beginning in 2009, the Attorney Piro who was very aggressive at the time of trial, declared on a new affair between art and religion (Christ erect by Federico Solmi): "With Totò who lived twice it was different, because this film is a work of art". - www.divxclasico.com/
Local village idiot Paletta can’t afford the services of a whore, Fefè would like to attend his lover’s wake and lowlife Lazarus is resuscitated by a local messiah named Toto. Three cynical but wildly funny stories set in Palermo. Shot in striking black and white by the bad boys of Italian cinema: Ciprì and Maresco.
Franco Maresco (Palermo, 1958) is an italian director, cinematographer and screenwriter, and was part of the duo Ciprì and Maresco. Along with is collegue Daniele Ciprì, he created and directed the cult TV series “Cinico TV”, aired on RAI3, as well as other programs like “I Migliori Nani della Nostra Vita” and “Ai Confini della Pietà”. They’ve also directed three full lenght movies, which soon reached a cult status due to their iconoclastic nature: their second movie, “Totò che visse due volte” has been accused of blasphemy and it’s banned from italian television. Recently the duo split up, and both of the directors work with their own projects.
The Uncle from Brooklyn (Lo zio di Brooklyn)1995,
The Gemelly’s live in an old building on the outskirts of Palermo. Two midgets, both mafia bosses, ask them to look after a strange character: their uncle from Brooklyn. This early gem by Ciprì and Maresco was almost lost but has been recently restored. Visually stunning, fascinating and hilarious!
I Migliori Nani della Nostra Vita:
Ai Confini della Pietà: