While the feature films of directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni or Pier Paolo Pasolini have become part of the canon, post-war Italian documentary cinema remains almost unknown in Germany.
Cecilia Mangini was the first woman to make aesthetically demanding political documentaries in post-war Italy. She belongs to a generation of filmmakers for whom Italian cinema was not merely accompaniment to the conflicts of the post-war era but itself an actor. Before she started making her own films in 1959 and later started working with her husband Lino del Fra, Mangini wrote for film magazines such as Cinema Nuovo or Cinema '60. This program presents a larger selection of her work for the first time in Germany. Cecilia Mangini and Paolo Pisanelli, a filmmaker and the head of the Cinema del Reale festival, will be Arsenal's guests on 4th and 5th February.
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